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OCEU 2115 - The European Union and its Neighborhoods: Stabilisation, Democratisation and Integration

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Minimum knowledge of the EU: its institutions and how their functioning, foreign policy competences.

Course Description

The course will tackle the problematic, stakes and challenges of the EU strategy with its three groups of neighbors: countries which belong to the enlargement policy (Western Balkans, Turkey), Eastern partnership countries within the Neighborhood policy, under review, and Southern countries also part of this policy. The course will underline the difficult adaptation of that policy to complex environments where geopolitics has often been ignored and where powerful external actors challenge the EU leadership, when the latter is in distress to cope with migrations. The course will also question the EU ‘transformative power' in the context of these changes and in the face of a difficult transition in the Western Balkans, in particular as compared to the 5th enlargement in Central Europe. The course will seek after a balance between theory and practice, thanks also to the complementarity between the two lecturers.


  • MIREL, Pierre (Directeur pour les BALKANS, Commission européenne)
  • RUPNIK, Jacques (Directeur de recherche)

Pedagogical format

Classes will be interactive: a short introductory lecture by the professor followed by discussion and student presentations. The aim is to enrich students' knowledge of EU neighbourhood policies and help them to acquire useful professional skills.

Course validation

The evaluation will be based as followed: oral presentation, 40% ; a readings' or lesson's short report, 10% ; and an essay to be delivered at the end of the semester, 50% grade. The oral presentations are meant also to training in real-life professional situations.

Required reading

  • Jacques Rupnik (sous la direction de): Géopolitique de la démocratisation, l'Europe et ses voisinages. Les Presses de Sciences Po, 2014
  • Lucas Macek: L'élargissement met-il en péril le projet européen ? La Documentation française, 2011
  • European Commission : Communication on The EU enlargement Strategy, 10 November 2015
  • High Representative and EC : Review of the European Neighbourhood policy, 18 November 2015
  • Milena Vachudova: Europe undivided: Democracy, Leverage and Integration after Communism. Oxford Press, 2005

Additional required reading

  • Neframi Eleftheria: L'action extérieure de l'UE-fondements, moyens, principes. LDGJ, 2010
  • J. Zielonka: Europe as Empire. Oxford, 2006
  • Michel Barnier: Se reposer ou être libre. Editions Gallimard, 2014
  • Michel Foucher: L'UE dans le monde, défis et perspectives. Futuribles n°400, mai-juin 2014

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