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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP

The European Parliament is often criticised for being unaccountable to its citizens and highly technocratic. The main decisions are made in the committees and there is hardly any debate in the plenary. This apolitical nature of the EP will likely be changed in this new legislative period, shaping a more politicised European assembly. What does…

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UKRAINE’S IMAGE OF “IN-BETWEEN-NESS”

Since gaining independence, Ukraine has been stuck between the Western and Eastern integration initiatives. This has been visible from both the multifaceted judgment employed in the foreign policy decision-making and the similar domestic multi-vector behaviour that influenced the image of Ukraine as being “split” in-between. On top of that, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, which…

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EU VALUE PROMOTION AND THE ‘ASSOCIATED’ EASTERN NEIGHBOURHOOD: STATE OF THE ART, LEGITIMACY CHALLENGES, AND PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE

The article explores the state of the EU’s value promotion in the ‘associated’ Eastern Neighbourhood countries (Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia) with a special emphasis on legitimacy challenges, arising due to the current ‘overlapping’ crises in the EU. The contribution identifies conceptual clarity of foundational values, an emphasis on functional cooperation, stronger linkage among conflict resolution,…

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Ukraine’s Strategic Choices

PANEL I: UKRAINE’S STRATEGIC CHOICE: Views from inside What is Ukraine’s strategic choice in the foreign policy and security Does Ukraine have alternatives? What else besides NATO and EU? Speakers: Dr. Hanna Hopko, Head of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, UkraineDr. Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, Director, Center for European and International Studies, Kadir Has University, TurkeyDr….

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POST-CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION IN THE BALKANS

In the 2000s, Russia tried in the ex-Soviet space to replicate the same arguments (and tactics) of relativising international law that the West/NATO used in order to justify their own intervention in the ex-Yugoslav space back in the 1990s. This strategy of so-called ‘mimicry’ manifests by changing the meanings of international norms based on one’s…

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THE EMPTY SHELL OF BLACK SEA REGIONALISM

At a time when Russia has become more assertive to the point of challenging the mainstay of the international order, it helped establish since 1945, and Turkey seeks to maintain the status quo in the realm of maritime security, the European Union struggles to define its foreign policy objectives and priorities towards the Eastern Neighborhood,…

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