Policy Paper 97
 

What borders for the EU: a variable geometry neighborhood?

In this Policy Paper, Jean-François Drevet wonders about the limits of the EU and its integration and neighborhood policy. He shows that the Europe of “concentric circles” evoked by Jacques Delorshas become an undisputable fact.

|   17/09/2013             |   Jean-François Drevet             |   Europe in the world
Policy Paper
In this Policy Paper, Jean-François Drevet wonders about the limits of the EU and its integration and neighborhood policy. He shows that the Europe of “concentric circles” evoked by Jacques Delorshas become an undisputable fact.
 
The author first gives an account of the integration and enlargments logics, and hence, of a differentiated integration which reveals the artificiality of the debates about the limits of the EU. He then proposes an assesment of the European neighborhood policy which, according to him, is a necessary, if unevenly successful, policy.  Finally, he sheds some light on the importance of common policies which extend beyond the borders of the EU.