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The Impact of the European Union membership on central and Eastern European Countries: human rights in Poland

Ertek, Müşerref Tuğçe
Within the enlargement of 2004, the number of member states increased from 15 to 25 in the European Union. Unlike the previous enlargements of the EU, the fifth enlargement is different in terms of the widening borders of the European Union and the changing social, cultural and economic structures of the new member states as they formerly had been communist regimes and were going through a transition period parallel through their accession process to the EU. In this process, the importance of democracy and human rights had increased and these ten new members had gone through various changes to adapt to the Union. In this thesis, I will analyze this process closely and discuss the impact of the EU membership in their understanding on human rights by focusing on the case of Poland.