28 May 2009

Do we detect some neo-Finlandisation in the Eastern neighbourhood?

Michael Emerson

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In this Commentary, CEPS Senior Research Fellow Michael Emerson surveys the overall strategic landscape of the six Eastern Neighbourhood partners of the EU and finds that none has a credible membership prospect for either the EU or NATO, that the Russian strategic presence is sustained or growing throughout the region, and that all of the countries seek political and economic ‘Europeanisation’ in varying degrees. Against this background, he asks whether this a recipe for the stability of the wider Europe, or a recipe for a remake of the notorious instability of the buffer zones of European history?