Cover Osteuropa 7-10/2015

In Osteuropa 7-10/2015

Distant Neighbours
The European Union in the Southern Caucasus

Michèle Knodt, Sigita Urdze

Deutsche Fassung


The European Union’s interest in the Southern Caucasus is limited. After the independence of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, the EU provided humanitarian aid and engaged in developmental cooperation. It gave scant attention to the ethno-territorial conflicts in the region. The EU has yet to develop a Southern Caucasus policy. For Brussels, the area was part of the Eastern Partnership. This model has run up against its limits. Only Georgia has signed an Association Agreement with the EU. Armenia has so far refrained, and Azerbaijan made it clear from the start that it is unwilling to conform to the EU’s conditions.

(Osteuropa 7-10/2015, pp. 469–485)