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Georgia’s Thorny Path to Europe: Now it is time for EU to Deliver


Despite the fact that Georgia serves as a crossroad to Europe and Asia, it is not on the crossroad of choice, constantly challenged by geopolitical turbulence. Indeed, Georgia has demonstrated its firm aspiration to join European Union at the Vilnius Summit in 2013, as it is the wish of the majority of the Georgian citizens. All the recent surveys conducted ...

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Post-modern versus modern: The EU and Russia


After the Soviet collapse, Western leaders anticipated Russia’s incorporation into Post-Cold war European system would go smoothly. Nevertheless, failure of normative convergence between Russia and the EU coupled with Kremlin’s international assertiveness made this future unlikely.

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EU and Russia: communication redefined


The illegal annexation of Crimea has halted the more than 20 years of the EU-engagement with the Russian Federation. Unexpectedly, Russia derailed from its own commitments to uphold Ukraine’s territorial integrity, creating a deep gap and exposing essential differences in values, creating implications for international law.

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Visa free regime for Moldovan citizens: How, Why?


On the 28th of April 2014, Moldova became the first Eastern Partnership (EaP) country granted with a visa free regime to Schengen area. This allows Moldovan citizens holding a biometric passport to travel to Schengen countries up to 90 days within any 180-day period without a visa. I propose here to analyse the details of this achievement.

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Fixing Vilnius Summit and returning Ukraine to EU’s orbit


Armenia reneging on the EU for membership in the Eurasian Union – Check! Belarus soldiering on its autocratic rule – Check! Azerbaijan skeptical about the EU trade deal – also, Check! Ukraine refusing to sign the AAs days before the summit – Double-check!

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Vilnius summit as a challenge to normative power Europe


Vilnius Summit has reached limited success: Georgia and Moldova have initialed the AAs with the EU, whereas a battle over Ukraine was lost. There are many reasons for this failure, and those who blame corrupted Ukrainian government are right to do so. Still, quite a few stones may be flung into the EU’s yard.

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Stag, hare, or chicken: catchy games between Ukraine and the EU


Quite often journalists and politicians used the term “geopolitical game” to describe Ukraine’s foreign policy decision-making before the Vilnius Summit. So, we decided to analyse the EU-Ukraine relations from game theory perspective.

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#euromaidan: 4 days from inside


For the last six months most Ukrainians have been living in anticipation of a crucial decision for their country – signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union at Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit on November 28, 2013. Both international and national mass media, Ukrainian legislators, officials, and diplomats have been discussing this possibility for Ukraine. The polls showed that ...

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EaP players missing: are Georgia and Moldova to score with DCFTA?


While Vilnius Summit is to be a decisive round in the EU’s trade relations with the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, how many out of the six initial EaP players  (Belarus, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia) do actually remain at the gaming  table?

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“Georgia’s path to Vilnius & Beyond”: Getting fit to fit into the EU fitness club


Out of the blue or “in the blue”, Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan decided to swap Europe for Eurasia. This sudden revision of foreign policy track by one of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries has since become a discussion topic. Peculiarly enough, Georgia found itself on the ‘center stage’ next to Armenia in these discussions, even if the former is unfavourable ...

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