Cover Osteuropa 9/2005

In Osteuropa 9/2005

A New “Ostpolitik”
Europe’s Response to the Rainbow Revolutions in Eastern Europe

Iris Kempe

Deutsche Fassung


The rainbow revolutions in Ukraine and Georgia were oriented on Western values. Successful transformation in these states depends on their being incorporated into the Western sphere of integration. In introducing its Neighbourhood Policy, the European Union was responding to pressure to act. Now, the European Union itself is in the middle of an integration crisis. At the same time, the Kremlin has also failed in its strategy to integrate the post-Soviet realm by means of dependency and personal networks. A new East European policy is needed to shape the overlapping spheres of integration between Russia and the West.

(Osteuropa 9/2005, pp. 21–34)