Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional
On-line version ISSN 1983-3121
SIMAO, Licínia and RODRIGUES, Sónia. The European Union between enlargement and the neighbourhood: cases from the Western Balkans and the South Caucasus. Rev. bras. polít. int. [online]. 2012, vol.55, n.1, pp.49-65. ISSN 1983-3121. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-73292012000100004.
The paper deals with EU policies towards its eastern periphery, focusing on the Western Balkans and South Caucasus. Departing from a comparative approach, the paper argues that the establishment of a regional normative order, with clear goals of stabilization through variable geometry integration, has found clear limits. The paper flashes out these dynamics and establishes important lessons to be learned from the European approach to the Balkans and the Caucasus.
Keywords : enlargement; European Union; neighbourhood.