Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU’s Eastern Partnership takes stock of recent developments in the EU’s relationship with the countries in its eastern neighbourhood: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine. Despite major setbacks for the EU’s Eastern Partnership project around the key 2013 Vilnius Summit, the dramatic subsequent events in Ukraine have placed European policy and Russia’s response to it at the centre of global geo-politics. The publication looks at the key planks of the EU’s approach to the region including the offers of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements, visa liberalisation, funding for reform projects and political engagement. It examines both the EU’s objectives in the region and how Europe is perceived by the Eastern Partnership countries themselves.
The publication contains contributions from: Tural Abbasov (Center for Economic and Social Development-CESD- Azerbaijan), Denis Cenusa (ExpertGrup-Moldova), Professor Rick Fawn (University of St Andrews), Adam Hug (ed. Foreign Policy Centre), Giorgi Kanashvili (Caucasian House- Georgia), Hrant Kostanyan (CEPS), Dr Kevork Oskanian, Dr Kataryna Wolczuk and Dr Rilka Dragneva-Lewers (University of Birmingham), and Dmytro Shulga (International Renaissance Foundation- Ukraine). The publication was part of a project conducted in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom.