ENP— Post-Modern External Relations and the Articulation of Continental Borders

  • Valentina Kostadinova
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


The chapter looks at the bordering implications of the ENP, elucidating the transformation of borders in the European continent. It engages with the contradictory inclusion–exclusion dynamic articulated under the Commission ENP discourse. As with previous chapters, at face value, the Commission documents promote the establishment of a common space between the EU and its partner countries, eradicating current territorial, identity and legal borders. In the pursuit of this goal, the Commission uses key elements of the post-modern conduct of external relations. However, a critical engagement with the Commission articulations reveals significant contradictions and silences, creating identity and territorial borders in Europe. Some of these exclusionary practices are due to the Commission’s limitations in its adherence to the post-modern external relations conduct and a fall back to a traditional one instead.


Partner Country External Relation Territorial Border Commission Official Exclusionary Practice 
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  • Valentina Kostadinova
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  1. 1.Department of Economics and International StudiesUniversity of BuckinghamBuckinghamUK

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