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18.08.2007
  THE VISEGRAD STATES BETWEEN SCHENGEN AND NEIGBOURHOOD
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Serious reservations have been expressed by Visegrad states about the need andprobability of aligning their consular and visa policies towards Ukraine andMoldova so as to facilitate the travel of their eastern neighbours. In fact, the mostdirect form of alignment was observed between two states, the Czech Republic andSlovakia, which in 2000 introduced more restrictive regulations ahead of the twoother states in the group. It is notable that these states do not consider themselves astheir most likely partners for adapting visa policy but either seek the support and theco-operation of other EU Member States ...
Piotr Kaźmierkiewicz, The Institute of Public Affairs
18.08.2007
  EU ENLARGED, SCHENGEN IMPLEMENTED–WHAT NEXT? POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES.
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The Republic of Moldova has been one of the classic victims of the division of Europe occurred after the end of the Second World War and of the great powers decisions of those times. Since the beginning of the XIX century, the half of the Moldova medieval kingdom, known at that time as Bessarabia, was part of the Russian Empire. Its second part remained in the territories controlled by the Ottoman Empire and currently is the eastern part of modern Romania. After the collapse of Russian empire after the First World War, this part of land between Prut and Dniester rivers became part of Romanian kingdom
Nicolae Chirtoaca, political analyst
18.08.2007
  EU – UKRAINE ACTION PLAN: UNRESOLVED DILEMMAS
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The Ukraine – EU Action will be finalized and approved this spring and will define bilateral cooperation for the next 2 – 3 years. The document might include a number of positive political messages as well as possibilities for practical cooperation. However, from the Ukrainian government’s point of view it seems to be not balanced and focus mainly on demands from Ukraine and actions by Ukraine. The roots of Action plan idea, current approaches of the sides concerned to the preparation of the AP, real motives and agendas, current state of play and possible future scenarios are disclosed in this paper.
POLICY PAPERS #4/2004
18.08.2007
  Securing the Orange Revolution in Ukraine
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On April 4, newly elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko will meet withPresident Bush at the White House. This will be President Yuschenko’s first official visit to theU.S. since his historic victory over Russian-backed presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovich.Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, which late last year brought millions to the streets inprotest against falsified elections, was a striking example of the power of freedom — a themePresident Bush placed at the heart of his second Inaugural Address and his recent State of theUnion speech. The courageous and peaceful character of the democratic revolution showed theface of a new European nation that deserves America’s immediate support.
Written by RPC Policy Director for National Security and Trade Dan Fata
18.08.2007
  Limiting Integration: Transnational Exchanges and Demands in the BSEC Area
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Subregional economic cooperation was necessitated by the reform processand the structural adjustments in the transition economies of the region andspurred by geographic proximity.1 It would serve as a contribution to 1) theConference on Security and Cooperation in Europe - CSCE process, 2) theestablishment of a Europe-wide economic area, and 3) to a higher degree ofintegration of the participating states in the world economy.Subregional economic cooperation was necessitated by the reform processand the structural adjustments in the transition economies of the region andspurred by geographic proximity.1 It would serve as a contribution to 1) theConference on Security and Cooperation in Europe - CSCE process, 2) theestablishment of a Europe-wide economic area, and 3) to a higher degree ofintegration of the participating states in the world economy.
Panayota Manoli,Director of Studies and Research at the International Center for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS)
18.08.2007
  EU relations with Russia must focus on values, not trade
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Russia has always been importantto Europe, but the EU’s latestenlargement has given the relationshipsome important new dimensions.Eight of the 10 new EU member stateshave a special history with Russia createdby long-lasting and often forcedco-existence.Their experience brings anew realism when the EUdiscusses its policiesvis-à-vis Russia, even if italso gives rise to disagreements.Some EU countriesbelieve the newcomers havespecialist knowledge that ifskilfully used could promotemore effective co-operationwith Moscow.
Sandra Kalniete, Latvia’s former Foreign Affairs Minister
18.08.2007
  Why Europe still lacks a Russia policy
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Russia and Europe have been ponderingeach other’s nature for centuries.Europe tended to see Tsarist Russia,like Stalinist Russia, as despotism incarnate.It was a view shaped by history, traditionand religion. Russia has long seen much ofEurope as territory for political or evenimperial expansion. Both sides thus havepreconceived ideas and stereotypes, andindulge in bouts of nostalgia, pain andhope. History warns us that misunderstandingsand contradictionsbetween Russia and Europeare inevitable.
Bronislaw Geremek, the former Foreign Minister of Poland who is now a member of the European Parliament
18.08.2007
  European Neighbourhood Policy: Strategy or Placebo?
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The EU now faces an existential dilemma in the apparent choice to be made between over-extending theenlargement process to the point of destroying its own governability, versus denying one of its foundingvalues to be open to all European democracies and possibly generating negative effects from theexclusion of countries in its neighbourhood. The newly emerging European Neighbourhood Policy(ENP) seeks a way out of the dilemma.
Michael Emerson is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies
18.08.2007
  Moldova ante portas: the EU Agendas of Conflict Management and ‘Wider Europe’
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Having gained independence from the defunct Soviet Union in August 1991, the Moldovanswere expected to opt for reunification with neighbouring Romania, as the two-thirds majorityof the population are linguistically and historically cognate to the Romanians and as the largerpart of the republic had belonged to Romania until 1940. After independence, however, themass movement for reunification soon petered out and in 1992 the bloody confrontationbetween the central government on the Moldovan-dominated right bank of the Dnestr and aRussophone movement on the left bank erupted.
Wim van Meurs, Senior research fellow at the Center for Applied Policy Research, University of Munich
18.08.2007
  Democracy and Human Development in the Broader Middle East: A Transatlantic Strategy for Partnership - Istanbul Paper #2
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The idea for this strategy paper grew out of a conversation with Romanian Foreign MinisterMircea Geoana in the spring of 2003. The Prague NATO summit had taken place a few monthsearlier and Alliance leaders had embraced the idea of a “Big Bang” enlargement involving sevencountries stretching from the three Baltic states in the north to Romania and Bulgaria on theBlack Sea in the south. In parallel, the European Union was preparing for an equally historic andambitious round of enlargement that would encompass ten countries. It
Ronald D. Asmus, Project Director and Rapporteur
 
 
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