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Greece: Continuity and Change

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The 1990s marked a major transformation of Greece's attitude to the European Community-Union. The IGC of Maastricht offered a unique opportunity for the Greek government to enter the mainstream of European developments. The agenda of the 2000 IGC was already defined to a large extent in the institutional protocol which was attached to the Amsterdam Treaty. During the Nice negotiations, Greece showed a willingness to accept the extension of qualified majority voting (QMV) to almost all of the approximately 50 cases that were put on the table with three notable exceptions. To the core of the institutional reform debate belonged the question of 'enhanced cooperation' and the modality of enabling such cooperation schemes without endangering the overall cohesion of the EU. Greece's positions in the Nice IGC reflected the country's upgraded status in the EU and its desire to play a more active role in the process of European integration.

Keywords: Amsterdam treaty; European integration; Greece; IGC 2000; Maastricht; Nice negotiation; qualified majorityvoting (QMV)



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