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Eastern Europe

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The EU’s Eastern Partnership [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The Eastern Partnership was launched in 2009 as a regional programme of the European Neighbourhood Policy to promote integration and cooperation between the European Union, its Member States and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It has achieved limited progress, partly due to conflicts and political instability in the region. … Continue reading

Truth, lies and disinformation — beyond Russia and Ukraine

Written by Martin Russell and Naja Bentzen Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. — George Orwell, 1984 ‘This is war. You’re part of it’. The appeal on the euromaidanSOS website – originally a Facebook group devoted to helping ‘people who suffered during the revolution in Ukraine’ – … Continue reading

25 years of democratic change in Central and Eastern Europe: The European Parliament and the end of the Cold War

Written by Iolanda Mombelli A roundtable discussion was organised on 3 February 2015 in the Library Reading Room, with the participation of distinguished guests Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Latvia from 2009 to 2014, Enrique Barón Crespo, President of the European Parliament from 1989 to 1992, Hans-Gert Pöttering, … Continue reading

Democratic Change in Central and Eastern Europe 1989-90; the European Parliament and the end of the Cold War

In November 1989 the Berlin Wall came down. The disappearance of the most visible symbol of the Cold War was a turning point in post-war history and marked the beginning of a new era in Europe. Countries separated for decades by the Iron Curtain began to prepare for the transition to democracy and accession to … Continue reading

EU integration – no going back for Moldova?

The Eastern Partnership’s Vilnius Summit in November 2013 has generally been seen as a milestone for EU-Moldova relations, with the initialling of the Association Agreement (AA), including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between the two partners. Although planned for some time, the initialisation was far from being a simple formality, with both … Continue reading

The Vilnius Summit – what’s in for Moldova?

In the run-up to the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit in Vilnius, the expectations of the six partner countries are rather diverse. For some (Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus) this summit will have little impact, whereas for others (Ukraine and Georgia) it could represent an epochal step on their road to deeper political and economic integration with … Continue reading

The road towards the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius

The bumpy road towards the November 2013 Vilnius summit – supposed to be a milestone in the four-year-old Eastern Partnership – is heading to an increasingly uncertain destination. During the forthcoming summit, Association Agreements (AA) were set to be signed with Ukraine and initiated with three other partners: Armenia, Georgia and Moldova. However, the Ukraine’s parliament refusal … Continue reading

Looking East: the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in focus

This week’s key event is the Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit in Vilnius on 28 and 29 of November, meant to be a milestone in the Eastern Partnership process: two countries – Moldova and Georgia – will initial agreements with the EU. However, just a week before the summit the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for signing … Continue reading

Prospects for an upgrade in trade relations with Eastern Partnership countries

At the Vilnius Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit on 28 and 29 November 2013, the EU hopes to sign an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (AA-DCFTA) with Ukraine, and initial AA-DCFTAs with Georgia and Moldova. Initialling of a similar agreement with Armenia is however off the table. Trade relations with Azerbaijan … Continue reading

The EU’s dialogue on migration, mobility and security within the Eastern Partnership

The Eastern Partnership (EaP), just as the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), whose Eastern dimension it represents, is in general not a pre-accession policy. EaP is not an initiative related to EU enlargement, but has more to do with EU security. The EU has security concerns which manifest themselves in the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) … Continue reading

Transboundary water management: The Rogun Dam in Tajikistan

In more than 260 transboundary watercourses around the world, the closely linked issues of energy, water and agriculture cause difficulties. Tensions between energy-starved Tajikistan and cotton-producing Uzbekistan over the planned Rogun hydro-electric dam illustrate the continuing ‘water versus energy’ debate. At the same time, the scarcity of water resources in Central Asia is often caused … Continue reading

The Reunification of Europe

By MEP Tunne Kelam (EE/EPP) Subtitled “anti-totalitarian courage and political renewal”, Ludger Kühnhardt’s “The Reunification of Europe” has recently been published by the EPP Group in a Spanish language version. The book brings together a collection of narratives documenting the struggle to overthrow Communist totalitarianism in ten Central and Eastern European countries (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, … Continue reading

The EU’s eastern neighbours

This Spotlight gives statistical background for the six partner countries in the European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Using different indicators, the paper looks at the aid paid by the EU to the six countries, under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) as well as other instruments. It shows … Continue reading

“Undemocratic” elections in Belarus

6 language versions available “Undemokratische” Wahl in Belarus Elecciones “antidemocráticas” en Bielorrusia Élections “non démocratiques” en Biélorussie Elezioni “non democratiche” in Bielorussia “Niedemokratyczne” wybory na Białorusi A breakthrough in the frozen EU-Belarus relations had been considered possible in advance of parliamentary elections in Belarus on 23 September 2012. But after the event, commentators noted that … Continue reading

Georgia: after the elections

6 language versions available Georgien: nach den Wahlen Georgia: después de las elecciones Géorgie: après les élections Georgia: all’indomani delle elezioni Gruzja: Po wyborach Due to the results of the 1 October 2012 parliamentary elections, Georgia has entered a new era. The opposition party Georgian Dream, led by Bidzina Ivanishvili, won the elections with a clear … Continue reading

Talks resume – advancing towards a settlement on Transnistria?

The latest round of 5+2 negotiations for the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict took place in Vienna, on 12 and 13 July 2012. Abandoned in 2006, official 5+2 talks resumed in November 2011, involving Moldova, Transnistria, Russia, Ukraine and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as well as the European Union (EU) … Continue reading

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