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On the Issue of Relations between the E.U. and Eastern European Countries

Vytautas Radvilas1

1Vilnius University, Lithuania,

Citation Information: World Political Science Review. Volume 5, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1935-6226, DOI: 10.2202/1935-6226.1067, June 2009

Publication History

Published Online:
2009-06-24

The aim of this article is to review and evaluate the condition and the development perspectives of the relations between the E.U. and its Eastern neighbors. The problem is analyzed in the context of the recent discussion on the “Broader Europe" concept. The current dominant model of the relations between the E.U. and Eastern European countries is described in the article using the “circular discourse" and “circular interaction" terms. This article is aimed to reveal the initial theoretical and geo/political preconditions that helped this model to become the dominant theoretical and practical approach in the field of E.U.–East Europe relations, to uncover the logics of its functioning and the implications of its realization to Lithuania and the other new E.U. member states.

Keywords: wider Europe; Eastern neighbours; perestroika; strategic partnership; circular discourse; pastiche; global turmoil; virtual cold war

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