EU Enlargement to the East
“Through the Eastern Partnership (EaP) and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the European Union inter alia strives to export European values, including democracy, the rule of law and human rights. However, when looking at Ukraine, the EU seems to have failed. The country has fallen into disarray and is currently facing a civil war-like situation in its eastern territories. Mistakes were made by EU offcials before the crisis, giving the EU some responsibility for bringing it about and, therefore, enhancing the EU’s responsibility to help resolve it.
How has the EU dealt with the crisis so far? How has the crisis affected, and how should it affect, EU foreign policy, including whether enlargement –– the EU’s most successful foreign policy instrument –– is back on the agenda?These are questions European policymakers must contemplate as they work to nd a peaceful resolution, while taking into consideration Russia’s interests and role in the region...”
Excerpt from Katrin Böttger, “EU Enlargement to the East,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 5, No. 4, 2014: 24-29.
Dr. Katrin Böttger, deputy director of the Institute for European Politics, Berlin, has experience in the fields of EU enlargement, the European Neighbourhood Policy, EU-Central Asia strategy and cross-border cooperation. She lectures at the Free University Berlin and at the Centre International de Formation Européenne Nice/Berlin. She received a doctorate in political science from Tübingen University in 2009.
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