Edition: Lublin 2012
The Eurozone crisis has exposed the discrepancy between the political positions of central and peripheral states where the largest EU Member States are favoured. Reflected in reinforcing the role of the strongest EU Member States, this phenomenon gives rise to two- or multi-speed Europe. Another phenomenon rooted in the crisis of the single currency refers to the diversifi cation of the status of the EU borderland. This is of particular importance to a relatively stronger position of less dynamically developing areas of the Eurozone as compared to the countries outside it. Such a tendency significantly impacts on the cohesion policy. It was detrimental to the power of the Central European states to negotiate the scope of this policy for the period after 2013.