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Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko failed to get the assurances his country wants from EU members (photo:dpa)

EU caution spells the end of its Eastern Partnership

The Eastern Partnership Summit on May 21 and 22 demonstrated how uneasy the European Union has become over its efforts to influence countries in its eastern neighbourhood. Officials and leaders of the EU’s 28-member states were cautious in vowing to strengthen ties with six former-Soviet republics knowing full well that any new pledges would risk enraging Moscow. This means Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, whose greatest hopes were an association with the EU - now stand to see those aspirations dashed. This could spell the end for the EU’s eastern expansion plans.

THE EUROPEAN UNION’S aspirations for eastern expansion are over. This was highlighted by the outcome of the Eastern Partnersh...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The summit demonstrated how uneasy many European Union members are about confronting Moscow. Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova were left feeling sidelined
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