Cover Osteuropa 2-3/2007

In Osteuropa 2-3/2007

Neighbours in Freedom, Security and Law?
Judicial and Home Affairs Policy: Ambivalences of the ENP

Wilhelm Knelangen

Deutsche Fassung


The European Union is dependent on co-operation with its neighbours to create a “space of freedom, security and rule of law”. Therefore, topics of domestic and judicial policy – asylum and immigration, domestic security, the fight against terrorism – are of the utmost importance for the success of the European Neighbourhood Policy. Furthermore, home affairs policy and judicial policy are inseparable from democracy and rule of law, the key issues in the ENP as a whole. However, it is questionable whether conditionality is effective as leverage for transformation. Furthermore, conflicting aims exist between cooperation in security policy and reform guidelines in the rule of law. The results are therefore modest so far.

(Osteuropa 2-3/2007, pp. 257–272)