Inclusive Plug Episode 23: The Future of the Eastern Partnership: Reboot or Beginning of the End?
The Russian invasion of Ukraine fundamentally challenged the EU approach towards the future of the neighborhood countries, European security and stability, and prospects for the EU integration in the region. 13 years after the Eastern Partnership initiative was declared under the leadership of Poland and Sweden, its geopolitical success remains to be under a question mark. The strategic reason for the Eastern Partnership policy is clear: unless the EU exports stability and democratic values into its Eastern neighborhood, it risks importing instability from the region.
Does the architecture of the Eastern Partnership Initiative remain to be valid, or go in line with the “Westlessness” as a major disease of the Euro-Atlantic foreign policy? What should the strategic reform of the initiative look like to go beyond technical cooperation into a new “philosophy” of European integration?