The idealism that engendered the European Neighbourhood Policy in 2004, later codified in the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, has since been reviewed to adapt to the turbulence that has befallen the EU and its neighbourhood.
The ENP is now little more than an elegantly crafted fig leaf that purports to take a soft power approach to the EU’s outer periphery, argues the author, but in effect it inclines more towards Realpolitik.
By prioritising security interests over liberal values in increasingly transactional partnerships, the EU is atomising relations with its neighbouring countries. And without the political will and a strategic vision to guide relations with the neighbours of the EU’s neighbours, the ENP remains in suspended animation.
Executive Summary / 1. Introduction / 2. The ENP is Dead, Long Live the ENP? / 3. Article 8 TECU / 4. The ENP Toolbox / 5. Institutional Rearrangements: In Search of Coherence / 6. Conclusion / Bibliogrpahy
At a time when the European Union’s neighbourhood is widely considered to be a ‘ring of fire’, Steven Blockmans offers a refreshingly accessible and provocative account of the EU’s foreign policy towards its ‘near abroad’. Whether or not one agrees with the book's conclusion that the ENP is in ‘suspended animation’, this is a highly thought-provoking, detailed and illuminating analysis.
This book’s critical reflections and deep and comprehensive analysis make it a must-read for all those concerned with one of the most important issues facing European policymakers today: the EU's relations with its neighbours.
With its in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the EU as it rethinks the policy approach towards its neighbours, this book comes out at a critical time. It is required reading for all those concerned with the future of a liberal world order.
Steven Blockmans is Senior Research Fellow and Head of EU Foreign Policy at CEPS, a Brussels-based think tank that has been consistently ranked among the ten best in the world. He is also Professor of EU External Relations Law and Governance at the University of Amsterdam and a founding board member of the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER).