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Europeanisation as a past and present narrative
in The European Union and its eastern neighbourhood
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This chapter aims to serve as a reference point distinguishing between the related terminologies used in the complex field of Europeanisation. It discusses the historical-constructivist approach and examines the prevailing notion of Europeanisation as 'European Union (EU)-isation'. The legacies of Central and Eastern Sovietised Europeanisation, from 1947 to 1989, and their subsequent relationship with Russia, remain a significant determinant of EU-near neighbour relations. The chapter explores the significance of the enlightenment and the emergence of, on the one hand, the contemporary paradigm of 'Europeanism' and, on the other, the existence of competing interpretations of Enlightenment values. Dominant periods for the external projection of European values are evident in the Enlightenment/modernisation period and the contemporary EU project. The chapter concludes with a summary of the dilemmas for the EU and its near neighbours that are to some considerable extent a product of the persisting and varied interpretations of Europe's past.

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Europeanisation and its twenty-first-century contradictions


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