Bastion, beacon or bridge? Conceptualising the Baltic Logic of the EU's Neighbourhood

Jeremy W Lamoreaux, David J Galbreath

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With the 2004 enlargement of the European Union, Europe moved a step closer to what has been known as Russia's 'near abroad'. Since 2003, the EU has taken a larger interest in its new 'neighbourhood'. As former Soviet republics and new EU member states, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have a role to play in the EU - 'neighbourhood' relationship. As we establish the competing logics of the region, we set out the roles that the Baltic States may play in regards to the EU's European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Based on the events within the EU, the Baltic States may act as a Bastion, Beacon or Bridge. We explore these metaphors with an analysis of the initial foreign policy agendas of the Baltic States. We conclude that the policy preference in the Baltic is bridging the gap between the EU and the 'new outsiders'.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPromoting Democratic Values in Enlarging Europe
Subtitle of host publicationChanging Role of the Baltic States from Importers to Exporters
EditorsG R Wegmarshaus, T Ülikool, E Kolledž
Place of PublicationTartu, Estonia
PublisherTartu University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9789949114009
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventInternational Conference EuroCollege, 2006 - University of Tartu, Tartu, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 5 May 20066 May 2006


ConferenceInternational Conference EuroCollege, 2006
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom


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