Europe’s troubled neighborhood: From a “circle of friends” to a “ring of fire”?
Sustaining stable, democratic, and economically-successful states in its surrounding regions is a strategic priority and core interest for the European Union. However, Europe’s neighborhood is currently confronting a series of critical humanitarian, security, and financial crises, with instability spilling over into EU member states. To respond to the challenges and radical changes taking place along its borders, the EU’s approach toward deepening relations with its neighbors, promoting stability, and supporting democratic and economic reforms must also evolve.
On April 15, the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings, in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, hosted a discussion to assess the current challenges the European Union faces in the region. Johannes Hahn, commissioner for European neighborhood policy and enlargement negotiations, offered introductory remarks and Fiona Hill, senior fellow and director of CUSE, moderated the discussion.
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