EU cooperation with non-member neighboring countries: the principle of variable geometry

September 29, 2014

casered-copy2Publisher: CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research, Poland

Marek Dabrowski of the CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research analyzes the experiences of the European Union when cooperating with non-member neighboring countries to which the EU’s integration process and institutions are both available.

On the one hand, several non-member countries are interested in close cooperation or integration with the union because of their future membership aspirations or simply because they consider the EU an important economic and political partner, Dabrowski writes.

On the other hand, the EU itself is also interested in building such close relations, for economic but often also for geopolitical and security reasons, according to the CASE research fellow.

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