Anaïs Marin: Saving What Can Be: What the Eastern Partnership Could (Still) Bring to Belarus

16. May 2014

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) failed to draw Belarus any closer to the EU. Sliding back into authoritarianism since the last rigged election of Alexander Lukashenka on 19 December 2010, Belarus illustrates the limited outreach of the EU’s soft power over reluctant neighbours. Equally uninterested in EU accession and in democratic reforms, the regime could hardly embrace European values for the sole sake of taking part in a project which, from its viewpoint, is a “partnership” in name only. Eastern Partnership Review No 3, 2011, Saving What Can Be: What the Eastern Partnership Could (Still) Bring to Belarus (.pdf)