Michigan Paper Series 2008 - Ciuhandu

From Revolution to Reintegration: Romania's Return to Europe

Description: Lecture given as part of the "Conversations on Europe" lecture series. The soundly based questions I intent to state are the following: why was a revolution necessary to overthrow the communist dictatorship? What did the 1989 revolution mean for the Romanian society? To what degree have the political changes of December 1989 brought about the Romania's democratization and the adapting of the state to the demands of Western Europe and the USA? How does one explain Romania's being accepted as a fully fledged member of NATO and the European Union? What are Romanian citizens' difficulties during the process of European integration and how are those explained?

Publication Date: 2008