Eastern Partnership: The Next Five Years between Brussels and Moscow

In May 2014, we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the foundation of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative. Nonetheless, it is not yet clear whether there are enough reasons to celebrate this occasion amid the worsening situation in Ukraine and other member  states of the          EaP.
The Vilnius Summit in last November should have marked the success of the EU eastern policy and its principal instrument – the Eastern Partnership. However, Russia unraveled its new neo-imperial policy and spoiled the awaited European victory. Moscow  revealed that it was prepared to withstand the West in case when it considered its vital interests to be imperiled. Hence, the next five years of the Eastern Partnership will be presumably characterized by the clash between the European and Eurasian  integration models and value systems. This conflict will define not only the destiny of the EaP states but also the fate of the European continent at large.
This  policy paper, presented by Association for International Affairs (Czech Republic) shares a focus on the prospect developments in the EaP countries and their relations to seats of power in Brussels and Moscow. At first, the new Russia’s approach to its “Near Abroad” is discussed. Then, individual member countries of the EaP is described. Based on that, recommendations to the EU are provided. Please find the text here.

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