Neighbourhood policy Archives

  • Belarus: An end to friendship

    Europe's East 22-07-2010

    Belarus President Alexander Lukashenka's geopolitical game has reached a dead end – EU dialogue has halted, Russia is turning against him and the country is now facing the prospect of Russia-initiated regime change, writes Balazs Jarabik, associate fellow at Madrid-based think-tank FRIDE, in a July commentary sent exclusively to EURACTIV.

  • Dealing with troubled neighbourhoods

    Global Europe 25-02-2009

    The EU is still a long way from achieving the objectives it set itself with its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), write Antonio Missiroli and Rosa Balfour, director and senior policy analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC) respectively, in a February paper.

  • Russia’s ‘win-win’ situation in Kosovo

    Global Europe 05-09-2007

    By blocking Kosovo's independence, Russia affirms its world-power status, creates a gap between Serbia and the West and slows down the integration of south-east Europe into EU and NATO, argues Berat Buzhala.

  • EU-Russia Relations after 2007: The Russian debate

    Med & South 06-07-2007

    The absence of strategic objectives is the main issue affecting EU-Russia relations, argues Nadejda Arbatova in a paper for the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI). Russia has not yet defined its position, neither in the EU strategy on enlargement nor in  NATO, she says.

  • Sarkozy’s ‘unclear proposal’ on a Mediterranean Union

    Med & South 20-06-2007

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s proposal to create a ‘Union of the Mediterranean’ is not clear, especially on the nature and objectives of this new body, argue Michael Emerson and Nathalie Tocci from the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels.

  • Neighbourhood Policy: ‘ENP Plus’

    Science & Policymaking 29-03-2007

    In this paper for the Centre of European Policy Studies think-tank, Michael Emerson, Gergana Noutcheva and Nicu Popescu argue for increased differentiation in the policy packages offered to countries under the terms of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).

  • New opportunities for Romanian-Moldovan relations

    Med & South 01-02-2007

    This article by George Dura of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), argues that the EU's incentives have been insufficient to match Russia’s clout and that Romania's close relations with Moldova should be strengthened.

  • Analysis: What future for the Lukashenka regime?

    Med & South 03-11-2006

    This report, published by the Polish Batory Foundation, calls on the EU to support democratisation efforts in Belarus.

  • A Synergy for Black Sea Regional Cooperation

    Security 19-06-2006

    Fabrizio Tassinari (CEPS) looks into the manifold challenges arising from the Black Sea area, taking into account recent developments that should raise the EU interest in the region. He also advocates the idea of an EU initiative to make most of the existing attempts of regional cooperation in this area.

  • Analysis: A plea for a more assertive EU Neighbourhood Policy

    Med & South 29-05-2006

    In this article of the Quarterly “Integration” of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Barbara Lippert calls for an intensification of the European Neighbourhood Policy.

  • Democratization, Europeanization and regionalization beyond the EU: Search for empirical evidence

    Global Europe 30-01-2006

    This paper, written by Anastassia Obydenkova and published in the European Integration online Papers (EIoP), gives a viewpoint on a controversial issue of transnational regional cooperation (TRC) in Eurasia covering the analysis of cooperation between Europe and the regions of Russia.

  • The reluctant debutante: The EU as promoter of democracy in its neighbourhood

    Med & South 22-07-2005

    In its discourse the EU places democracy and the rule of law as number one. This study by CEPS fellows Michael EmersonSenem AydinGergana NoutchevaNathalie TocciMarius Vahl and Richard Youngs is the most comprehensive analysis so far of how far the EU is a coherent actor in pursuing this goal in practice, especially in its wider neighbourhood, with case studies covering the Balkans, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine, Maghreb and Israel-Palestine. In the enlargement process the EU has worked powerfully as promoter of democracy both through its gravitational attraction and explicit political conditionality. In the foreign policy sphere a whole set of institutional and historical inhibitions, and partly conflicting priorities muffle the outcome for democracy promotion. Recent developments see fresh momentum to the democratic transition both to the east and south, with apparent contagion of ideas and revolutionary behaviour, reminiscent even of some of the major historical episodes in the evolution of political liberalism in the European continent. 

  • The EU and Black Sea regional cooperation: Some challenges for BSEC

    Med & South 26-04-2005

    It is often argued that the EU has no strategy towards the Black Sea region. But in fact, the EU has no less than three strategies towards the region: enlargement to South East Europe and Turkey, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) towards its Eastern (and also its Southern) neighbours, and the four ‘common spaces’ with Russia. Indeed, therein lies part of the problem, argues Marius Vahl of the Centre for European Policy Studies.

  • CEPS Neighbourhood Watch Issue No 2

    Med & South 07-04-2005

    The CEPS Neighbourhood Watch takes over from the CEPS South East Europe Monitor, whose 61st and last edition appeared in January 2005.

  • From Barcelona process to Neighbourhood Policy: Assessments and open issues

    Science & Policymaking 14-03-2005

    The Barcelona process so far has been a valuable systemic/institutional advance in Euro-Med relations and a confidence-building measure on a large scale. But it has not been a sufficient driving force to have created a momentum of economic, political and social advance in the partner states, argue Michael Emerson and Gergana Noutcheva in their working document published by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

  • Models for the European Neighbourhood Policy: The European Economic Area and the Northern Dimension

    Science & Policymaking 04-02-2005

    This paper, written by Marius Vahl and
    published by the Centre for European Policy
    , focuses on two particular EU policies
    towards non-EU members in Northern Europe: the Northern Dimension
    (ND) initiative and the European Economic Area (EEA), which are
    analysed in light of two broader themes: first, how the EU
    organises its policy towards its neighbours more generally and,
    secondly, the enlargement process and how the EU has attempted to
    develop alternatives to EU membership.

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