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Eastern European Economies by Erika Cornelius Smith, Marcus Goncalves

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CHAPTER 7

Future Considerations and Challenges

Even if CEE economies manage to return on the convergence path its speed will be much slower than it used to be before 2008.

—Marek Dabrowski

Overview

In the preceding chapters, we have provided an introduction to historical context for eastern Europe’s integration into the European Union (EU), a survey of convergence and divergence among the individual Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) states, a careful examination of the challenges to entering CEE markets, and an assessment of political risk in the democratic transition states. Drawing on these analyses, this chapter will conclude our discussion with future considerations and challenges for the economies and politics of the CEE states.

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