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What is the future of the European Eastern neighbourhood?
The event will take place in person on the 21st of October, 16:45 – 18:15 at Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science, auditorium 402 (it is mandatory to have an opportunity passport).
Nicolas Tenzer is a French civil servant, academic, writer, and editor. Mr Tenzer is the Chairman of the Center for Studies and Research on Political Decision (CERAP) and the publisher of the review Le Banquet (1992-2015), he is a guest professor at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA, Sciences-Po), ENA Paris, and France’s Institute for Advanced Studies on National Defence. Since May 2021, he is the publisher of Desk Russie, a bi-monthly newsletter on Russia and the countries of the former Soviet space. He has been a visiting professor at foreign universities (U.S., Canada, Serbia, South Korea, Poland, etc.) and guest speaker at many international conferences on security and international issues. He is the author of 22 books. Most of his recent pieces deal with European and security issues, Ukraine, Russia, Middle East, and US foreign policy. He regularly appears in leading newspapers worldwide and TV and radio talk-shows. He is the owner of a leading strategy blog, launched in June 2021, Tenzer Strategics https://tenzerstrategics.substack.com/.
The discussion will be moderated by Linas Kojala, Director at the Eastern Europe Studies Centre and lecturer at the Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science.
The event is organised by the Eastern Europe Studies Centre, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania in cooperation with Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science.
Vokiečių g. 10, Vilnius
Event reportOn Thursday, 21 October, Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science (VU TSPMI) hosted a lecture-discussion of the Conference on the Future of Europe “What is the future of the European Eastern neighbourhood?”. The event was attended by French political analyst and publicist Nicolas Tenzer, moderated by Linas Kojala, Director of the Centre for Eastern European Studies and lecturer at VU TSPMI. These included the European Union’s foreign policy, the EU’s relations with Russia and China, the countries of the European Eastern Neighbourhood, their development and the future of the EU. You can find a discussion record (in English) here. Mr Tenzer highlighted Russia’s role in recent and ongoing conflicts: Syria, Ukraine, Georgia and elsewhere. According to him, “Russia won the war because no one reacted”, and Vladimir Putin’s Russia continues its aggression against liberal values and international law. It is therefore important to ask what Europe can do to address these and other threats, not so much in NATO, but in the context of the EU itself: what Europe can do if the US does not exist, what conditions are necessary for the EU to take real action. Mr Tenzer also saw another problem for the EU: no clarity about the vision and future of development, the difficulty of consistency, which puts the very concept of Europe at risk. Either we are discussing deepening the single market and economic integration, or we are dealing with attracting countries, because Europe is committed to protecting them. The EU’s borders with the countries of the Western Balkans are also emerging — some of them are trying to go in the opposite direction to Europe. Speaking about Ukraine, the expert said that the state has the right to join the EU and that integration into the Community is even more important for Ukraine than NATO membership, as it will demonstrate the state’s real determination to be a full part of Europe: be guided by European values, fight against corruption and improve the capacity of economic and social contract. However, in some EU countries there is another view that Ukraine is not a European country, it is associated with Russia. Referring to Moldova, the political analyst noted that it is necessary to send a clear signal that the decision of integration into the EU should not be taken in Moscow, and that the words that “we cannot provoke Russia” must end because they are dangerous. Should a democratic opposition come to power, Belarus should also be offered the opportunity to join the EU. According to the analyst, the EU is deeply divided on foreign policy and security issues, and it is important to establish dispute settlement mechanisms. The best way to do this is to give priority to regions affected by these problems. This would mean giving priority to the countries of Eastern Europe on Russia. The expert said that Germany and France should not have the same legitimacy on foreign policy issues as was useful in creating consensus on economic and social disputes. Another problem is the lack of prominent leaders, especially in the large countries and among EU leaders. The discussion highlighted the importance of resilience and resistance — it is necessary to promote public awareness against propaganda, actions by China and Russia, and war crimes, as the general public in many countries is not even aware of this. According to N. Tenzer, the partnership with China and Russia will not work in practice. The expert noted that democracy must be protected from within: halt widespread corruption in EU countries, lobbying, such as Russia or China, European think tanks with links to government structures in those countries, as well as soft propaganda by hostile countries.
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