... future, there will be a chance to accomplish more, as the Visegrad Group is not enough to accomplish regional development and independence. Fortunately, the desire to build a united Europe is more forceful than any idea of disunion, for example. 3. Eastern Partnership is a failure. Latest events in Nagorno-Karabakh and the ongoing hostility in Ukraine confirm the lack of strategic thinking and the limits of the EU’s foreign policy decision making process. The institutional reconstruction of the ...
- 24.05.2021 16:00:50
_ Yuri Kofner, head, Eurasian sector, Higher School of Economics; research assistant, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Report given at the KAS School of Excellence 2018 “Eastern Partnership: Challenges, Chances and Perspectives”. Chisinau, 9 November 2018.*Unfortunately in the West, especially in the “new European” countries, there is yet very little information about the aims and workings of the Eurasian Union....
- 25.11.2018 09:21:40
"European values" is a widely-used expression. Everyone is assumed to know what it means. But what are "European values?" Are they unique to Europe? If so, what is it that makes them special? Are European values superior to those of other civilizations? When did Europe acquire them? Were they operative during the eras of imperialism and colonialism, slavery, Europe's religious wars, the Inquisition, and the World Wars?
Upon examination, it turns out that the values...
- 04.04.2016 06:56:00
... especially Ukraine that of European Union. Even in Armenia and Belarus oppositional forces shuffled Russia's positions. Thus, the role of Russia has been gradually decreasing. That is why it would be an oversimplification to say that the creation of the Eastern Partnership(EaP) has considerably changed Russian role in the CIS. However, refusal of Armenia to sign the association agreement with the European Union, renewal of the relations with Georgia, return of the Crimean peninsula and the creation of ...
- 15.06.2015 19:03:00
... necessary at all. The problem of security in Europe and Eurasia after the collapse of the USSR was never adequately thought through and negotiated. If it had been, Russia might have ended up as a strategic partner rather than a geopolitical adversary.
The Eastern Partnership is essentially a project of anti-Russian Swedes and Poles, with much of the EU, going along with the project with different levels of reluctance or enthusiasm. Its sponsors must have given assurances that the project would not involve ...
- 30.01.2015 17:55:00
... ‘enlarged’ an environment of uncertainty. As support for the Black Sea Synergy, initiated by Romania in 2008 was diminishing, Poland, which has maintained a vivid strategic interest in the Black Sea and the wider post- Soviet spectrum, advanced the Eastern Partnership. Both initiatives have attempted to solidify strategic and geopolitical interests whether one gazes at Romania’s regional ambitions of counterbalancing a historical Turkish-Russian hegemony around the Black Sea or Poland’s ...
- 21.08.2014 16:37:00
Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea has enraged the West. His lack of openness to any compromise has forced it to launch a — weak — sanctions regime. Putin finds this ‘unacceptable’ and threatens retaliation.
In yesterday’s speech — which many noted might have been his most important ever —, Putin hit a markedly anti-Western tone. Partially rewriting history, he bemoaned the West’s hypocrisy, double standards, and mingling in foreign countries;...
- 19.03.2014 15:05:00
... policy chief. It needs to be someone with a vision and strategic thinking; someone whose allegiance to European ideals is unquestionable but who is a realist and not ashamed, or worse, afraid of geopolitics. Someone who will rethink and re-calibrate the Eastern Partnership, acknowledging its geopolitical nature. Someone who can make it fit the new reality shaped partly by a self-assured Russia, protective of its sphere of influence and as disinterested in modernising trade and security cooperation with ...
- 25.02.2014 14:39:00
The Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in November 2013 demonstrated that the European Union’s policy toward its eastern neighbors has developed into a highly contentious issue between the EU and Russia. The summit was overshadowed by the decision ...
- 20.02.2014 16:52:00
... developments seem to be on the way. In light of the happenings of the past few days, Europe may come out of this better than it would have, had things gone another way.
It has long been known that the talks between the EU and Ukraine should end at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, with the signing of a Free Trade and Association Agreement. It’s been known that such an agreement would be against Russia’s well-articulated geopolitical interests, and that it would much prefer to see ...
- 05.12.2013 03:42:00
Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) is seen as one of the most important carrots for countries of the Eastern Partnership. Ukraine’s negotiations with the EU over the Association Agreement, which contains the DCFTA, were concluded at the turn of the year 2011. On the opposite shore stands the offer of Customs Union, consisting of Russia, Belarus ...
- 20.03.2013 13:40:00
... influence over its policies, the Kremlin has not set any politico-legal conditions to accession; economic integration is what it says and what it means.
The symbolism of it all
Apart from the early planning stages, Russia has not taken part in the Eastern Partnership or the European Neighbourhood Policy. Amongst a number of practical reasons, they fear it endangers their own regional integration projects as well as their own rapprochement with the EU. But let’s not underestimate the role ...
- 14.03.2013 05:38:00
The Eastern Partnership programme is stalling, even though on February 25 officials from the EU and Ukraine reaffirmed their joint commitment to sign an Association Agreement in November. President Yanukovych, despite his repeated promises, is reluctant to ...
- 05.03.2013 18:08:00
The Eastern Partnership is rather fresh policy of the European Union to structure and improve political and economic relations with six post-Soviet states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. All of these states are in the closest ...
- 01.03.2013 10:52:00