The European Union and Global Engagement

The European Union and Global Engagement

Institutions, Policies and Challenges

Edited by Normann Witzleb, Alfonso Martínez Arranz and Pascaline Winand Winand

Written by a broad range of international experts, The European Union and Global Engagement examines the current state of the European Union and its relationship with the world. The book presents fresh perspectives on the interplay between EU internal developments and its global engagement. While considering the impact and presence of the EU around the world, the collection has a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. This interdisciplinary book is an essential and accessible resource for students and scholars of European studies, as well as for public servants, business practitioners, researchers and journalists. It will appeal to everyone who seeks to understand the fast-moving policy developments in the EU’s actions on the world stage.

Chapter 11: The European Union and its post-communist neighbours: EU enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy

Milenko Petrovic and Malgorzata Klatt

Subjects: politics and public policy, european politics and policy, international relations


Relations with the countries of former communist Eastern Europe have been a very important policy field for the European Union (EU). According to many, these eastern relations are one of the most successful products of its common foreign policy over the last two decades, especially regarding the outcomes of the policy and process of the EU’s eastern enlargement. However, the EU’s policy towards and established relations with the countries of the former communist bloc have not been uniform and are not the result of a carefully prepared, well-designed and long-term strategy. In many aspects, they are direct and to some extent unavoidable outcomes of developments that followed the sudden collapse of the communist bloc in Eastern Europe and the transformation of the European Community into the more integrated EU.

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