EPRS Strategy By / May 27, 2015

Eastern Partnership after five years [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski The European Union reaffirmed on 22 May its commitment to developing closer political and economic relations…

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Written by Marcin Grajewski

The European Union reaffirmed on 22 May its commitment to developing closer political and economic relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine under its Eastern Partnership programme. At a summit in Riga, Latvia, participants said in a declaration they would work together to strengthen democracy, rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. Facing continued confrontation between Russia and Ukraine, the EU confirmed its support to the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of all its partners.

A selection of commentaries and analyses by major international think tanks on Eastern Partnership and its future are listed below, with hyperlinks to the texts concerned:


EU Eastern Partnership
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The Eastern Partnership Riga Summit should not be a non-event
European Policy Centre (EPC), May 20, 2015

The South Caucasus and the precarious Eastern Partnership
Chatham House, May 19, 2015

Riga series: Eastern Partnership
European Council on Foreign Relations, May 19, 2015

EU faces tough choices in the neighbourhood
Carnegie Europe, May 18, 2015

The Riga Summit: Enter, pursued by a bear
Centre for European Reform (CER), May 18, 2015

New European neighbourhood policies require a differentiated and politically driven approach
Fondation Robert Schuman, May 18, 2015

Reform as resilience: An agenda for the Eastern Partnership
Carnegie Europe, May 14, 2015

Quo vadis European Neighbourhood Policy
Latvian Institute of International Affairs, April 29, 2015

Europe’s eastern war
Carnegie Europe, January 22, 2015

Not the European Neighbourhood policy. Some iconoclastic tips to start rethinking the EU’s relations with its neighbours
European Policy Centre (EPC), December 12, 2015

EU and Russia: Eastern Partnership vs Eurasian Union
Clingendael, February 2014


EU Options on Russia and the Eastern Partners
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, May 2015

EU-Russia relations in the context of the eastern neighbourhood
Bertelsmann Stiftung, May 1, 2015

EU-related communication in Eastern Partnership countries
Estonian Centre for Eastern Partnership, May 2015

The dilemma of the EU Neighbourhood Policy: Mediterranean vs. Eastern Partnership
Eastern Europe Studies Centre, April 2015

In need of a new paradigm? Rethinking the European Neighbourhood Policy
Estonian Centre for Eastern Partnership, April 2015

Eastern Partnership countries between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union: prospects for trade relations and economic reforms
Clingendael, March 6, 2015

Turf wars and control issues in EU eastern policies: opening the ‘black box’ of the EU institutions and the member states
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), February 10, 2015

Trouble in the neighbourhood? The future of the EU’s Eastern Partnership
Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), February 2015

Fragile states: an urgent challenge for EU foreign policy
Fride, February 2015

The Eastern Partnership, the Russia-Ukraine War, and the Impact on the South Caucasus
Istituto Affari Internazionali, February 2015

The different faces of “soft power”: The Baltic States and Eastern Neighborhood between Russia and the EU
Latvian Institute for International Affairs, January 2015

The forgotten fifth element: Support of entrepreneurship in the Eastern Partnership region
Polish Institute of International Affairs, January 2015

Eastern Partnership in a changed security environment: New incentives for reform
Eastern Europe Studies Centre (EESC), December 2014

Rethinking relationships in Europe’s East
Fride, November 4, 2014

Is the Eastern Partnership weakening? The consequences of the EU institutions’ power shift to neighbourhood policy
Polish Institute of International Affairs, November 2014

Towards a fragmented neighbourhood: policies of the EU and Russia and their consequences for the area that lies in between
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), October 17, 2014

The impact of visa liberalisation in Eastern Partnership countries, Russia and Turkey on trans-border mobility
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), March 27, 2015

The EU, Russia and the Eastern Partnership
Institut Français des Relations Internationales, February, 2014

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