Framing the Eastern Partnership in the European Union's and Russia's Institutional Discourse

Mila Mikalay*, Marek Neuman

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This paper traces the evolution of the European Union’s (EU) and Russian Federation’s discourse on the Eastern Partnership (EaP) along four frames – economic, (geo)political, normative, and security. We discover the dynamic of the EaP discourse in Brussels and Moscow, developing from an economic and political initiative to an adversarial security understanding, underpinned by logics of geopolitical and normative competition. With this study, we illuminate the misalignment of the EU and Russia’s interpretations of neighbourhood policy and show how it underpinned mutual mistrust and the clash over the future of the region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)782-796
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Contemporary European Studies
Issue number3
Early online date14-Mar-2022
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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