Professor Tobias SCHUMACHER, Chairholder of the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, has just published an article titled: 'The EU and its Neighbourhood: The Politics of Muddling Through'. The article can be accessed as an 'Early View' in the Annual Review 2020 of the JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies.
In this recent article Professor SCHUMACHER explores the development that characterized the European Union's eastern and southern neighbourhoods in 2019. He states that: "The EU’s eastern and southern neighbourhoods in 2019 were characterized by multi-layered security crises, territorial conflicts and wars, slowly advancing or stagnating reform processes, or the consolidation of the so-called authoritarian turn, in conjunction with an unprecedented exposure of many neighbours to seemingly incessant inflows of irregular migrants. Conversely, the EU itself remained exposed to disintegration dynamics, as exemplified by Brexit – tipping the EU’s internal power balance even further in favour of Germany – and the advancement of the illiberal script in several Member States."
The full article can be accessed here.