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Europe’s Near Abroad

Promises and Prospects of the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy


Dieter Mahncke and Sieglinde Gstöhl

In the context of the enlargements of 2004 and 2007 the European Union needed a concept for the future relationship with its new neighbours. The result was the development of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). In return for sharing European values and effectively implementing political, economic and institutional reforms, the EU offers economic incentives and closer ties to its eastern and southern neighbours. The ambitious objective of promoting stability, security and prosperity beyond its own borders raises questions about the Union’s intentions, means and likely success.
This volume analyses the logic and institutional origins of the ENP and provides a critical assessment of the promises and prospects of the EU’s broader neighbourhood policies. It does so both from an issue-oriented perspective (e.g. security, visa policy, trade, aid, human rights, good governance) and a regional standpoint: eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Western Balkans and Russia.
Contents: Dieter Mahncke/Sieglinde Gstöhl: New Neighbours - New Challenges? – Dieter Mahncke: The Logic of EU Neighbourhood Policy – Jérémie Pélerin: The ENP in Interinstitutional Competition: An Instrument of Leadership for the Commission? – Andrea Maier: Human Rights, Democracy and Good Governance: Learning from Experience? – Ruth Seitz: Exporting Stability or Importing Problems? The EU’s Security Policy towards its Near Abroad – Kevin O’Connell: EU Visa Policy: Squaring the Circle of Neighbourhood and JHA Objectives – Sieglinde Gstöhl: Blurring Economic Boundaries? Trade and Aid in the EU’s Near Abroad – Judith Bürger: Implementing the Neighbourhood Policy in the East: The Case of Ukraine – Daniele Marchesi: From EMP to ENP: Saving the Southern Periphery from Marginalisation? – Mathieu Briens: Belarus and Libya: Wider Europe’s ‘Pariahs’? – Ilija Talev: Stabilising the Western Balkans through the ‘Membership Bait’ - Time for New Strategies? – Anna-Lena Högenauer/Michael Friedel: The EU and Russia: Strategic or Short-sighted Partnership? – Sieglinde Gstöhl: The EU as a Norm Exporter?