A gaze at narratives: What future for the EU’s neighbourhood policy?

The significance of geopolitics and the heightened significance of realpolitik which led to a renewed focus on a rather security-based perspective in European politics, particularly in the aftermath of the war in Ukraine, has been a noteworthy remark for the EU politics as well as the EU policies. By exploring the EU’s dominant narratives on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) through official EU documents and EU actors’ speeches, this paper aims to understand how the narratives shifted under the light of developments such as the Arab Spring and annexation of Crimea in the 2010s, by giving a particular importance on the notion of “security”. The final attempt will be to discuss whether the ENP’s geopolitics narrative has been capitalised after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and what this means for the future of the European integration in general and the ENP in particular.
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B. Z. Alpan, “A gaze at narratives: What future for the EU’s neighbourhood policy?,” ODTÜ Gelişme Dergisi, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 457–476, 2023, Accessed: 00, 2024. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/107835.