1st Edition

The European Neighbourhood Policy in a Comparative Perspective Models, challenges, lessons

By Sieglinde Gstohl Copyright 2016
    352 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    352 Pages
    by Routledge

    The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) has evolved into one of the European Union's major foreign policy instruments and received considerable attention. However, other EU neighbourhood policies, and their relevance for the ENP, also require examination. The Arab uprisings, civil wars in Libya and Syria, the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the crisis in Ukraine and Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula have all brought the institutional design and tools of the ENP into question and a comparative perspective is crucial to understand EU neighbourhood policies in a wider sense.

    This timely book puts the ENP into context by exploring the major challenges and key lessons of the EU's other policy frameworks with neighbouring countries. Mapping the EU's bi-lateral and multilateral neighbourhood relations in comparison to the ENP and investigating the major challenges faced, it provides a comprehensive, up-to-date view of the EU's relations with its neighbours. Focusing on current affairs and future challenges, the comparison with the ENP and the lessons to be drawn, generate novel insights into the EU's closest external relations.

    This book will be of key interest to students and scholars studying European Politics, policies and comparative politics.

    1. Introduction: The European Neighbourhood Policy in a Comparative Perspective

    [Sieglinde Gstöhl]

    2. Mapping the European Union’s Neighbourhood Relations: The European Economic Area as a ‘Prototype’ for the Integration of EU Neighbours?

    [Sieglinde Gstöhl]

    Part I: Multilateral EU Neighbourhood Relations

    3. Differentiated Integration in the European Economic Area: What Lessons Can Be Drawn for the European Neighbourhood Policy?

    [Christian Frommelt]

    4. Who Can Join the European Economic Area?

    [Georges Baur]

    5. Challenges in Exporting the Internal Market: Lessons from the Energy Community

    [Dirk Buschle]

    6. The Northern Dimension: A Format for Pragmatic Cooperation with the EU’s Biggest Neighbour

    [Peter Van Elsuwege]

    Part II: Bilateral EU Neighbourhood Relations

    7. EU-Turkey Relations: Customs Union and More... or Less?

    [Tamás Szigetvári]

    8. Switzerland’s Bilateral Approach to European Integration: A Model for Ukraine?

    [René Schwok and Cenni Najy]

    9. EU-Russia Relations in the Wider Europe: From Strategic Partner to Major Competitor?

    [Irina Petrova]

    10. Comparing the European Union’s Policy towards the Western Balkans and the South Caucasus

    [Syuzanna Vasilyan]

    Part III: Political, Legal and Security Challenges

    11. The Effectiveness of Institutional Arrangements in the European Union’s Relations with its Neighbours

    [Marc Franco]

    12. The EU’s Differentiated Integration Frameworks: Legislative Approximation and Lessons for the Eastern Partnership

    [Aaron Matta]

    13. The EU’s Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Strategies: The Role of Political Conditionality

    [Sühal Şemşit]

    14. The European Union and (Frozen) Conflicts in its Neighbourhood: The SAP and the ENP Compared

    [Julija Brsakoska Bazerkoska]

    Part IV: Socio-Economic and Financial Challenges

    15. European Union or Eurasian Union? A Dilemma for the Eastern Partnership Countries

    [Ramūnas Vilpišauskas]

    16. Markets versus Morals? Assessing EU Arms Exports to Autocratic Regimes in its Closer and Wider Neighbourhood

    [Giselle Bosse]

    17. A Comparative Analysis between Pre-accession and ENP Reforms in the Agricultural Sector of the EU Neighbouring Countries

    [Christos Kourtelis]


    18. The EU’s Other Neighbours: Lessons for the European Neighbourhood Policy

    [Sieglinde Gstöhl]


    Sieglinde Gstöhl is Director of Studies and Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.