Neighbourhood policy Archives

  • The week when Europe was hit by a perfect storm

    EU Priorities 2020 08-04-2016

    The result of the Dutch referendum was the latest in a series of serious setbacks for the European project. The second week of April could be remembered as the moment when all the fronts in Europe’s multifaceted crisis started to converge, writes Jorge Valero.

  • The EU must take a stand on Islam

    Global Europe 26-02-2016

    To escape from extremism and xenophobia, Europe needs to carve a European Islam, not an Islam composed of communities influenced by their countries of origin, argue Massimo D’Alema and Tariq Ramadan.

  • EU will struggle to engage in Egypt

    Global Europe 27-06-2014

    Egypt today is looking disturbingly similar to the country during its 'Mubarak years'. But does the EU have the influence and tools to counter this? Lisa Watanabe

  • The EU needs to ask Russia the tough questions

    Enlargement 23-01-2014

    As the European Union and Russia prepare to meet next week (28 January) at their biannual summit, EU leaders should prepare to address the tough questions about Moscow’s assertive diplomacy and how it is overshadowing Brussels’ strategies in the east, writes Bruno Lété.

  • Negotiations with Serbia can pull neighbouring states into accession swirl

    Enlargement 18-10-2013

    Last week’s release of the annual EU progress reports on the Western Balkans and Turkey brings the EU’s accession policies back into the international spotlight. The prospect of starting membership negotiations with the EU has led to positive political developments and more stability in the Balkans, Dominik Tolksdorf writes.

  • Coherent approach needed on visa liberalisation

    Europe's East 08-04-2013

    Freedom of movement, including the opportunity to cross state borders without unnecessary obstacles, is of great significance in people’s lives. For this reason, visa policy should not be used as a political instrument, writes Peter Van Elsuwege.

  • An EU-US-Turkey strategy for the neighbourhood

    Global Europe 05-04-2012

    Turkey, the European Union and the United States have always shared the same broad vision for the European neighbourhood, ranging from stability and prosperity, to peace and democracy in the region. During the Cold War and its immediate aftermath, this shared vision neither necessarily meant agreement on policy means, nor did it call for joint action, as the three followed parallel but not converging foreign policy courses, writes Nathalie Tocci.

  • The Syrian Dilemma: Assad in power or the fragmentation of Syria

    Global Europe 17-06-2011

    A change of regime in Syria could democratise the country and transform the geopolitical outlook of the region, but the country's multiethnic character means it could also lead trigger instability and fragmentation, argues Evangelos Ventis.

  • Non-paper on the European Neighbourhood Policy’s Eastern dimension

    Energy & Environment 24-05-2011

    While accepting the need for a "fundamentally redesigned" European Neighbourhood Policy in light of the Arab revolutions, European People's Party MEPs argue for a continued focus on the EU's East European neighbours. They propose numerous measures for the bloc's Eastern partners including increased funding, more comprehensive free trade agreements and visa liberalisation.

  • The EU’s post-revolutionary neighbourhood policy: We should not forget the East

    Special Report | Med & South 07-04-2011

    The North African revolutions have turned the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy into a stormy debate, writes Katarzyna Pe?czy?ska-Na??cz in this analysis. However, Europe should at the same time reconsider its ties with some of its eastern authoritarian neighbours.

  • 25 March: Freedom Day in the state of Europe’s last dictator

    Med & South 25-03-2011

    Today the Belarusian opposition is celebrating Freedom Day and this should be an occasion for the EU to remember its duty to promote democracy in these times of political turmoil: not just in North Africa, but also on its own doorstep, write Jacek Protasiewicz, Christofer Fjellner and Alexandr Milinkevich in this commentary.

  • EU must fundamentally redesign its Mediterranean policy

    Global Europe 10-03-2011

    The EU should fundamentally redesign its policy towards its Southern Neighbourhood given the current wave of tectonic change sweeping across the region, writes Polish MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV, arguing that that the EU's Mediterranean policy must be generous towards the people and demanding towards those who govern.

  • 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.