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The European Neighbourhood: Between European Integration and International Relations

The European neighbourhood: between European integration and international relations
Federica Bicchi Sandra Lavenex

Introduction

The literature on EU foreign policy towards its neighbourhood (or its ‘near abroad’ to borrow from Russian foreign policy in the 1990s) aims at analysing and theorising the EU's relations towards its immediate neighbours. In contrast with other areas or subjects, this is much more than ‘just’ foreign policy. It represents a ‘composite policy’ (Sedelmeier 2007) in which foreign policy in its own right is matched with attempts to go beyond foreign policy and to transcend existing borders, with both political and flexible sectoral integration instruments. The issue also raises a number of normative aspects.

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