Rethinking the EU’s Eastern Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Jan 31, 2023 | German Council on Foreign Relations

The war in Ukraine has shattered old illusions in Berlin, Paris, and other European capitals about Russia’s true intentions in the “shared neighborhood.” It has also underlined how much of a security threat Moscow’s ambitions pose for democracy and security in Europe, suggest Stefan Meister, Milan Nic et al in their report for the German Council on Foreign Relations. They discuss two significant policy shifts in 2022: the decade-old red line against extending enlargement further east, was crossed; and the separation between enlargement and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) was breached. The two will now be intertwined. An “upgraded” EaP could strengthen the EU’s connectivity agenda, linking the Black Sea region, the South Caucasus, the Caspian region, and Central Asia. This would bring the post-Soviet countries closer to the EU economically and in terms of norms and standards. This will require the EU to agree on a Wider Eastern Neighborhood Policy that includes Central Asia. EUs Eastern Enlargement.pdf?mc_cid=27f4b06033&mc_eid=2af4a6f2fc


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