European Union

November 9, 2020

A Brief Review of Migration from Poland since the EU Accession

One of the most disputable issues in Europe is the migration to the European Union (EU). Most Western European countries became migrant magnet countries attracting large numbers of people by the virtue of the recruitment of workers and family reunification in the 1960-1970s. Countries that joined the EU have experienced […]
November 5, 2020

European Union – China Cooperation: Values versus Trade

On September 14, 2020, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Charles Michel, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen conducted negotiations with Chinese President Xi Jinping via video conference. This high-level online meeting took place instead of a summit to be held in Leipzig, where the leaders of […]
October 24, 2020

Pompeo’s Eurasian Tour: Expectations and Reality

From January 30 to February 3, 2020, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited four post-Soviet countries – Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. The trip was planned back in early January but was postponed due to worsening relations between the United States and Iran. The confrontation escalated when, by order […]
June 15, 2020

Uzbekistan’s Path to Enhanced Partnership with the European Union

In accordance with the 2019 European Union (EU) Strategy on Central Asia, the European Council initiated negotiations on the new-generation bilateral Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreements (EPCAs) with the Central Asian states. The EPCA, aimed to be a cornerstone of the EU’s engagement with the region, will be the major […]
May 18, 2020

Moldova’s Difficult Choice: European or Eurasian Integration

Moldova is one of the members of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) officially launched on May 7, 2009 and consisting of six post-Soviet states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). The EaP is meant to serve as the framework for discussions between the European Union (EU) and its Eastern European […]
March 22, 2020

EU-Kazakhstan Relations: Enhanced Partnership in Action

On March 1, 2020, the new Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) between the European Union (EU) and Kazakhstan came into force. The EPCA became the main document that underpins the EU-Kazakhstan relations, making Kazakhstan the first and only country in Central Asia with the enhanced level of partnership with […]
October 16, 2019

EU-Japan Partnership: What to Expect?

At the end of September 2019, the European Union (EU) and Japan signed an infrastructure deal to coordinate their transport, energy and digital projects linking Europe and Asia [DW, 2019]. The accord, signed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, formalizes Japan’s involvement […]
June 20, 2019

EU in Central Asia: New Strategy, Old Ideas

After establishing diplomatic relations with the newly independent Central Asian states, the European Union (EU) was mainly engaged in the region through the “Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States” (TACIS) program that covered all CIS countries. TACIS, launched in 1991, was aimed at providing technical support to the […]
May 8, 2019

Western China-Western Europe Corridor: Problems and Solutions

The Western China-Western Europe transport corridor can be considered as the largest infrastructure project between China, Russia and Kazakhstan, extending from the South China Sea (Lyanyungan) to the Baltic Sea (Saint Petersburg). The issue of this transport corridor was first raised in the 2005 letter to the Founding President of […]
February 26, 2019

Digital Agenda of the Eurasian Economic Union

The digitization of economy, or the fourth industrial revolution, has transformed all aspects of life by creating new opportunities that drive innovation and economic growth. According to the research done by Huawei, the world’s digital economy is worth $11.5 trillion, equivalent to 15.5% of the global GDP, which has almost […]