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The Wider Europe Matrix. CEPS Paperback. January 2004

Emerson, Michael and Verheugen, Günter (2004) The Wider Europe Matrix. CEPS Paperback. January 2004. Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Paperbacks . UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 9290794690

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    Abstract

    This study is an attempt to think systematically about the enlarging European Union’s relationships with the rest of Europe and the arc of Arab and Muslim states that are Europe’s neighbours, from Morocco to Central Asia through Iraq – two vast regions that may be called the ‘Wider Europe’ and the ‘Greater Middle East’. While the EU of 25 member states has a population of 450 million people and a national income of about 10,000 billion euro, the Wider Europe adds another 360 million people but only 10% more income, despite containing the great natural resources of Russia. The Greater Middle East adds another 392 million people, but again only 10% more income, despite the fabulous oil wealth of the Middle East. These disproportions speak trouble. Recent developments in the EU-Russia relationship are worrying, as the enlarging EU now meets a more assertive Russia in the overlapping ‘near-abroad’ regions and where effective strategic partnership seems elusive. In the Greater Middle East, the search for the formula for democratic modernisation also remains elusive, two years after the events of 11 September 2001. These are the rationales for the European Union’s current efforts to define a Wider Europe policy and European Security Strategy. Yet these initiatives are not credibly articulated so far. The present study makes an independent contribution towards defining more substantive and structured EU strategies. It argues for seven common European policy spaces, which should relate to all the states and regions of the Wider Europe and its neighbourhood, with gradations of course, but still having overall coherence. This is also what will define the final frontiers of Europe.

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    Item Type: Book
    Uncontrolled Keywords: EU Neighbourhood Policy.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1993--(includes CFSP/CESDP/ESS)
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Middle East
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Islam
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Asia-general > Central Asia
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-North Africa/Maghreb
    EU policies and themes > External relations > human rights & democracy initiatives
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Countries > Russia
    EU policies and themes > External relations > conflict resolution/crisis management
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Paperbacks
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2011 15:25
    Number of Pages: 128
    Last Modified: 30 Dec 2011 15:25
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/32578

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