Cover Osteuropa 12/2008

In Osteuropa 12/2008

The Price of Partnership
The EU’s Central Asia Strategy: A Balance Sheet

Alexander Warkotsch

Deutsche Fassung


The European Union’s Central Asia strategy of June 2007 expresses the EU’s willingness to contribute substantially to security, stability and prosperity in Central Asia. One and a half years after the strategy went into effect, an initial balance sheet shows progress with regard to the internal differentiation of EU Central Asia policy and a general intensification of contacts. Democracy and human rights, however, play more of a secondary role. At the same time, there are few concrete results in energy policy, which was clearly treated as a priority.

(Osteuropa 12/2008, pp. 81–92)