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The limitations of the EU’s strategies for Europeanisation of the neighbours
in The European Union and its eastern neighbourhood
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This chapter considers the strategies adopted by the European Union (EU) in relation to its Eastern neighbours and identifies common problems and obstacles to the EU's approach and how these limit EU-isation. The EU language of conditionality and the external governance approach can conflict with the selfidentity of the neighbours. The success of EU strategies very much depends on how far they coincide with the interests of domestic elites. Deeper Europeanisation needs to go beyond elites talking to each other, and involve wider civil society, creating a much denser range of relationships. The EU's greatest impact in security crises has been through ad hoc shuttle diplomacy by high-profile EU leaders operating in a mediation capacity. The EU confronts the often immutable interests of the neighbours both in terms of their geopolitical position and their own domestic power structures and priorities.

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The European Union and its eastern neighbourhood

Europeanisation and its twenty-first-century contradictions


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