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Europe/Black Sea Region – Will the EU Shake off Its Lethargy Over the Protracted Conflicts in the Black Sea Region? (Part Four) (The Jamestown Foundation)

Vladimir Socor

The European Union has a 30-year handicap to overcome in tackling the Russia-orchestrated conflicts in the wider Black Sea region. Midway through that interval, the EU launched its Eastern Neighborhood Policy (2004) and Eastern Partnership initiative (2009), but neither of them envisaged turning Brussels into a significant actor in the management and resolution of these protracted conflicts. Romania’s recent proposals, seconded by ten other member states, for a more active EU role could in this sense usher in a new era in the EU’s policy (see Parts OneTwo and Three in EDM, July 29, August 4, 5).

Will the EU Shake off Its Lethargy Over the Protracted Conflicts in the Black Sea Region? (Part Four) – Jamestown