Cover Osteuropa 2-3/2007

In Osteuropa 2-3/2007

Participation Instead of Membership?
The EU and the Neighbours in the East

Barbara Lippert

Deutsche Fassung


The European Neighbourhood Policy lacks momentum and persuasiveness. Unlike the enlargement policy, the ENP does not have European Union membership as a goal. The course of development and the room for manoeuvre are correspondingly different. Renegotiation of the “expanded agreements” with the eastern neighbours provides the starting point for boosting the ENP in terms of substance. The ENP should be understood better as a Europeanisation strategy for modernising the countries in question and guaranteeing stability. An all-European confederation of tasks should be formed with the EU’s neighbours.

(Osteuropa 2-3/2007, pp. 69–94)