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Issue 3-4/2019: Eastern Partnership turns 10

This issue is dedicated to the 10 year anniversary of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership as well as the 30 years since the 1989 revolutions in Central Europe.

May 2, 2019 - New Eastern Europe - Issue 3-4 2019Magazine

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From the Editors:

Preparing a special issue on such a technical issue as the Eastern Partnership is always a challenge from the editorial point of view. The European Union’s policy towards the East is one that is never easily explained nor well understood among Europeans and their Eastern neighbours alike. As James Nixey points out in his essay, less than one per cent of Europeans has ever even heard of it. Certainly readers of this magazine have a good sense of what the Eastern Partnership is and how much has it changed (or not) in this region since it was launched in 2009. And that is why the milestone of the Eastern Partnership turning ten should be an opportunity to not only celebrate but also reflect on what has been achieved and how this policy can be shaped for the future. As you will read in the following pages, our authors have very different views of the Eastern Partnership. Arguably, however, they all agree that there is still plenty of work to do if the Eastern Partnership is to truly transform Eastern Europe.

Another transformative event that we are recognising in this issue is the 30-year anniversary of the fall of communism in Central Europe, specifically in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and East Germany. Our authors look at whether the promises of the transformation have been fulfilled for the societies that dreamed of a new future, what the memory of the year 1989 means today and, in some ways, why it generates social divisions. We recognise that these two anniversaries – together with the anniversaries of NATO and EU membership, 15 and 20 respectively – are a part of the wider context of a changing Europe in a changing world.

In the end, these anniversaries encourage us to look back and answer the question as to what have we learnt over these last 10, 20 or 30 years and how these lessons can help us shape this region by not repeating the same mistakes in order to deliver a better future for  the next generation.


10 Years of Eastern Partnership

Persisting towards a Europe without dividing lines
Carl Bildt and Radosław Sikorski

Resetting the Eastern Partnership
Mariusz Maszkiewicz

The Eastern Partnership. Much accomplished, more to be done
Gabriele Bonafede

Multiplying civil society’s voice in the Eastern Partnership, a challenging task
Dovilė Šukytė

The Eastern Partnership at 10. What is there to celebrate?
James Nixey

Eastern Partnership, Past, Present and Future – Expert Survey

Eastern Partnership Partial progress
Anders Åslund

Eastern Europe intrigue
Joanna Hosa

Eastern Partnership at 10. Rhetoric, resources and Russia
Balázs Jarábik

The Eastern Partnership project in Ukraine and Belarus
David R. Marples

Lessons learnt from the Eastern Partnership
Gwendolyn Sasse

We have an obligation and moral duty towards our partners in the East
Interview with Jacek Sutryk

Towards a new European Ostpolitik
Iris Kempe


When bridges turn out to be walls
Mykola Riabchuk

Contemporary Russia’s power vertical. Clans controlled by the Kremlin
Vakhtang Maisaia

Gagauzia. Geopolitics and identity
Rusif Huseynov


Rail Baltica strives to stay on track
Linas Jegelevicius


Eastern Europe’s last tango. A journey through the interwar musical scene
Juliette Bretan


The poverty of utopia revisited
Vladimir Tismaneanu and Jordan Luber

The circle of hope. Samizdat, tamizdat and radio
Eugeniusz Smolar

The Polish Round Table. A bird’s-eye view
Paulina Codogni

The bodies of the Velvet revolution. Remembering 1989 in the Czech Republic
Čeněk Pýcha and Václav Sixta

We must not forget the values we fought for in 1989
Interview with Markus Meckel

No bloody revolution
János Széky

Beyond nostalgia
Eugen Stancu

Bulgaria’s taboo
Radosveta Vassileva

The curse of perestroika
Anastasia Sergeeva


Vladimir Putin. What’s left to say?
Adam Reichardt

Accidental borders and blurred identities
Krzysztof Strachota

The taste of evil
Małgorzata Nocuń

The unheard voices of war
Zbigniew Rokita


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