Are the European Union’s New Boundaries like the Iron Curtain? 1989, Borders and Freedom of Movement in Poland and Ukraine

  title={Are the European Union’s New Boundaries like the Iron Curtain? 1989, Borders and Freedom of Movement in Poland and Ukraine},
  author={Karolina Szmagalska-Follis},
  journal={International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society IJPS},
This essay looks back at the changes that unfolded in Central Europe since 1989 from the perspective of freedom of movement. The iconic tearing down of the Berlin Wall and the rapid openings in other socialist countries put an end to borders as “institutions of isolation.” In the course of the next two decades, ten postsocialist countries initiated and completed the process of joining the European Union (EU). The end of border controls and the ability to move freely within a unifying Europe was… 
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