Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 12/2013

The Eastern Partnership—It Is High Time to Start a Real "Partnership"

Paweł Dariusz Wiśniewski

November 2013

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


The European Union's (EU's) Eastern Partnership, which aims to deepen cooperation between the EU and its Eastern European neighbors, must be modernized. Partner states and the EU have to acknowledge their own failures instead of playing a "blame game" and work together to make the partnership a success. If the Eastern Partnership initiative fails, both sides-along with Russia, whose role is key-will be responsible.