Institutions, Policies and Challenges
Edited by Normann Witzleb, Alfonso Martínez Arranz and Pascaline Winand Winand
Chapter 11: The European Union and its post-communist neighbours: EU enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy
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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