About: European neighbourhood policy

Economy & Jobs 16-08-2018

Is it ‘the economy, stupid’ in the EU’s southern neighbourhood?

While trade wars threaten across the Atlantic, enhanced economic cooperation could be the key to stability in the EU’s southern neighbourhood.
Enlargement 20-04-2018

Hahn: Carrot for Albania and Macedonia, customs union for Turkey

With the Western Balkans accession talks underway, the EU’s enlargement policy is advancing. In the case of Turkey, however, there is a deadlock. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn comments on the recent developments.
Global Europe 30-03-2018

Breaking the silence on North Africa: A new EU-Africa partnership after 2020

The EU will soon open negotiations with the 78 countries of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific group on the future of their partnership with the EU in September 2018. This could breathe new life in the relations between the two continents. However, getting there will not be easy, writes Alfonso Medinilla.  
Europe's East 27-11-2017

All Quiet on the Eastern Front?

Expectations were high for the 5th Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit, after the EaP had receded into the background with the migration flows coming from the Southern Neighbourhood. Sadly, new creative powers were not noticeable, writes Miriam Kosmehl.
Enlargement 13-09-2017

Juncker waves ‘credible EU prospects’ at Balkans, but no fast membership

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker stayed true to form on the EU's enlargement prospects in his annual address on Wednesday (13 September), calling for a "credible enlargement perspective" for the Western Balkans while ruling out any fast track to membership.
Global Europe 09-06-2017

The Presidency debate: Neighbourhood policy

Europe’s response to crises close to home, is a comprehensive neighbourhood plan; a plan maximising Europe’s soft power in the short-term, to bring security and prosperity in the long-run.
Global Europe 30-05-2017

The Presidency: Love thy neighbour

War, hunger, destitute lives. Not in distant places but on Europe’s doorstep. Fences don’t stop desperation. Europe’s response to crises close to home is a comprehensive neighbourhood plan; a plan to maximise Europe’s soft power in the short-term, to bring security and prosperity in the long-run.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

Lamy: Declustering policies will alleviate tensions with the EU’s neighbours

Changing geopolitics in Europe’s neighbourhood, to the east and in the south, call for a further declustering of a number of policies, going beyond bilateral trade agreements and security measures, Pascal Lamy, former Commissioner and WTO chief told EURACTIV.com.
Global Europe 12-08-2016

Europe must go beyond security and focus on neighborhoods to fight extremism

With governments increasingly witnessing the limits of security-oriented responses, trans-Atlantic dialogue on neighborhoods holds the potential to unlock a policy toolbox of fresh solutions that European policymakers are searching for, writes Jeffrey Brown.
Global Europe 10-08-2016

Isn’t Turkey of interest to Europe?

European and Turkish leaders damaged relations between their countries following the near-coup in Turkey last month—and there are too many important policy issues at stake, writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.
Energy 01-03-2016

Do not fund Southern Gas Corridor with EU money

The flashbulbs at Azerbaijan’s official photo opportunities should not blind Europe’s leaders to the country’s accelerated descent into authoritarianism, writes Xavier Sol
Armenia 30-11-2015

Azeri Ambassador: Azerbaijan and EU need to build a perspective

Azerbaijan’s relations vis-à-vis Europe should concentrate on creating future perspectives and overcoming current challenges, the Azarbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Med & South 18-11-2015

EU urgently needs new neighbourhood policies

There will never be a common foreign and security policy worthy of the name unless the EU manages to redefine its neighbourhood policies, writes Michael Leigh.
Global Europe 02-09-2015

Russia tells EU to abandon ‘messianic’ project of exporting democracy

A prominent Russian diplomat has called on the EU to abandon his “messianic” project of exporting democracy and instead solve its problems together with Russia, and not at its expense.
Europe's East 28-05-2015

EU Neighbourhood Policy: All in vain?

The EU's Neighbourhood Policy is back to zero, a second time in less than four years.  Four truths have to be taken into account if the European Commission and its External Action Service are to deliver a new policy framework by June later this year, argue Gabriele Schöler and Stefani Weiss.
Armenia 25-03-2015

Commission publishes neighbourhood reports for ‘test year 2014’

The European Commission published an avalanche of “progress reports” on Wednesday (25 March) covering 12 of the 16 countries in the EU’s neighbourhood for 2014, calling it a test year for the Union's relations with its neighbours.
Armenia 24-03-2015

Armenia’s anti-NGO laws inspired by Moscow

?Moscow’s push for Yerevan to adopt anti-NGO legislation is just the latest sign of its determination to mold Armenia into a loyal vassal that does its bidding with no questions asked, writes Armine Sahakyan.
Europe's East 04-03-2015

Mogherini’s timid ‘mea culpa’ on EU neighbourhood policy

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has timidly acknowledged that the neighbourhood policy of the Barroso Commission may have been naïve or confrontational.