Kataryna Wolczuk: Perceptions of, and Attitudes towards, the Eastern Partnership

16. May 2014

The Eastern Partnership is widely viewed by the partner countries as an improvement over the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Yet, the EaP remains relatively unknown amongst the political elites: few members of the national elites base their perceptions of the EaP on familiarity with the Partnership’s specific content and instruments. Rather their perceptions are influenced by a broader set of factors, including a geopolitical context of the partner countries, the pre-existing relations and initiatives (such as the ENP), as well as the actual design and implementation of the EaP itself. This paper aims to elucidate on these seeming paradoxes by exploring how these three factors shape the attitudes towards the Eastern Partnership. Eastern Partnership Review No 5, 2011, Perceptions of, and Attitudes towards, the Eastern Partnership amongst the Partner Countries’ Political Elites (.pdf)