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Whole, free and integrated? A Transatlantic Perspective on the European Neighbourhood. CEPS Working Documents, No. 271, 25 June 2007

Tassinari, Fabrizio. (2007) Whole, free and integrated? A Transatlantic Perspective on the European Neighbourhood. CEPS Working Documents, No. 271, 25 June 2007. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Since the end of the cold war until 2004, the United States and the European Union held largely complementary views towards the European neighbourhood. Washington’s foreign policy mantra was that of a Europe ‘whole and free’, where the dividing lines inherited from the cold war were to dissolve through the gradual inclusion of Central and Eastern Europe in the Euro-Atlantic family of nations. The EU concomitantly focused on its enlargement strategy, which ensured that the transition of the former communist countries would be benchmarked and monitored, in order to attain the ultimate goal of their full integration into the EU. Is this transatlantic goal of making Europe whole, free and integrated still valid in the post-2004 European context, and to what extent is it applicable to the new European neighbourhood? This study sets to provide answers to these questions by offering a transatlantic perspective on the security and integration challenges characterising the enlarging Europe and its periphery. After providing a conceptual outlook of the US and the EU approaches to the wider European context, the article maps out transatlantic convergence and divergence in the countries and regions concerned. On the basis of this assessment, it ponders a set of recommendations at the normative, methodological and geopolitical levels to inspire a transatlantic agenda that accounts for the emergence of a wider European neighbourhood.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1993--(includes CFSP/CESDP/ESS)
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    EU policies and themes > External relations > European Neighbourhood Policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Working Documents
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2008
    Page Range: p. 28
    Last Modified: 06 Apr 2012 12:16
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7350

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