The European Union and Eastern Europe Before and After Brexit

Chapter

Abstract

This chapter scrutinizes ‘civilian power’ European Union as a mature tightly coupled security community that lacks a fully ‘communitized’ foreign policy. Brussels’ efforts to export its Kantian, win–win geopolitical vision to the Eastern neighborhood—which include the Eastern enlargement, the European Neighborhood Policy, and the Eastern Partnership—have resulted in conflict with Moscow. Institutionally and intellectually unprepared, lacking effective instruments and experience, the EU was unable to face the Russian neoclassical geopolitical offensive. Even more importantly, domestically the populist wave as well as a number of overlapping serious economic and political crises have led to a ‘dynamic of disintegration’ and to an ‘existential crisis.’ Brexit might trigger deeper integration, the dominance of the Franco-German axis, or the geopolitical irrelevance of the EU.

Keywords

The European union Security community Kantian geopolitics The Eastern Partnership The Franco-German axis Russia 

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  1. 1.Political Science DepartmentUniversity of the West IndiesSt. AugustineTrinidad and Tobago

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