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The EU and its Neighbors: In Search of New Forms of Partnership
The EU and its Neighbors: In Search of New Forms of Partnership

Author(s): Iris Kempe
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)
Keywords: ENP; Enlargement; reform; Russia

Summary/Abstract: Learning from its experience with the eastern enlargement, the European Union developed a neighborhood policy aware of the need to avoid the creation of a new dividing line in Europe that might put a strain on the relations between the new member states and other countries of the Central and Eastern Europe that would border the new EU. In the light of changes that occurred over time, especially Russia’s resurgence as not only a regional, but a global power, the author points out the obvious shortcomings of the EU’s policy and why it failed to meet the expectations of both the countries encompassed by the policy, and the EU. In addition, the author gives an overview of the changes to the neighborhood policy proposed by the EU member states and, finally, points out the importance of devising a coherent strategy towards the region that would yield long-term results.

  • Issue Year: XVII/2008
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 3-19
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English