Eastern Partnership: In a Need of a Rethink

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Recent events, from Russias invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimean peninsula to its bullying of Armenia and Moldova to drop their EU ambitions pose significant threats to the stability and democratic future of the Eastern Partnership countries. This raises questions as to the future of the EUs engagement there, as well as calls for a re-thinking of its current policy in order to safeguard these countries right to pursue an independent democratic path.

Germany as one of the most influential countries of the EU has a particular interest in developments in their immediate neighbourhood. Under the auspices of the European Neighbourhood Policy the EU promotes political, economic and societal ties with its eastern neighbours, as well as relations among these states. German position plays an important role in shaping of the EU policy towards the region. The decision to support the EU rejection of Russia’s grip on Ukraine was clear, however Berlin pushed for maintaining at least some room for dialogue with Russia, following German foreign policy’s decades-old rationale in seeking to influence Russian decisions through continued exchange.

This event bringing together EU policy-makers and civil society actors including representatives of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum will assess the current situation in the eastern neighbourhood and will look for ways to solve geopolitical dilemmas facing the neighbourhood, as well as assess the role that can be played by EU member states such as Germany to facilitate the achievement of the goals of the Eastern Partnership.

Agenda and speakers list: www.eap-csf.eu

Please, register via email info@eap-csf.eu by 17:00 30 June


Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Tuesday, 1 July 2014 from 10:30 to 12:00 (BST)

Berlin, Germany