The EU and the Baltic-Black Sea Region
|10||доцент Калитчак Р. Г.|
Amount of credits (ECTS) – 4 ECTS
Work load: 32 hours for in-class activities 58 hours for independent work
Duration in semesters: One semester – 16 weeks
Objectives of the course:
The course aims to:
- Provide an advanced understanding of the complex and multifaceted nature of the EU’s actorness in the Baltic-Black Sea Region;
- Explore a variety of bilateral and multilateral institutional arrangements of the EU’s engagement in this macro-region from comparative perspectives;
- Examine the EU’s impact on both member and non-member states in the Baltic-Black Sea Region.
After completing the course, students should be equipped to:
- Empirically demonstrate and explain the role of the European Union in the Baltic-Black Sea Region;
- Discuss, compare and assess the dynamics of the EU’s interaction with both member and non-member states within different institutional frameworks;
- Contextualise and analyse how the European Union could affect domestic politics as well as international relations in the Baltic-Black Sea Region;
- Independently identify and evaluate constraints and opportunities for further integration and / or cooperation of individual countries with the EU;
- Students will also enhance their written and oral communication skills.
The Baltic-Black Sea Region within its unique geographical context provides an exceptional comparative perspective on the manifold ways in which the EU and individual states are engaging with each other.
On the one hand, the course will offer rich empirical insights into a number of modalities of differentiated integration within the EU, including Danish opt-outs from a number of EU policies, the integration of the Baltic States into the EU, the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism for Bulgaria and Romania, the reluctance of Poland and Sweden to join the Eurozone and other relevant topics and issues.
On the other hand, the course will take a comparative focus on the patterns and dynamics of the EU’s interaction with non-member states and provide the opportunity to examine in-depth the effectiveness and consistency of EU’s actions in the Baltic-Black Sea Region. It will discuss the merits and limitations of various forms of cooperation with neighboring countries. The course will elaborate on key aspects of bilateral relationships with respective countries and critically explore different multilateral institutional arrangements and initiatives, including the European Economic Area, the European Neighbourhood Policy, the Eastern Partnership, the Northern Dimension or the Black-Sea Synergy.
Throughout the course, current challenges and new developments will be addressed in order to link the acquired knowledge to specific cases.
General structure of the course:
No required readings
Denmark, Finland and Sweden: reluctant EU members?
- McCallion, M. S., Brianson, A. (2018). Nordic states and European integration: Awkward partners in the North? Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan – pp. 13-78
Nordic Countries in EU Institutions: coherent bloc or independent players?
- Grøn, C. H., Nedergaard, P. and Wivel, A. (2015), The Nordic Countries and the European Union: Still the other European Community? London: Routledge. – pp. 53-121
Integration of the Baltic States in the European Union: EU success story?
- Aalto, P. (2006). European Union and the Making of a Wider Northern Europe. London: Routledge. – pp. 60-115
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the post-enlargement period: drifting apart?
- Kerikmäe, T., Chochia, A., & Atallah, M. (2018). The Baltic States in the European Union. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.
- Grigas A., Kasekamp, A., Maslauskaite, K., & Zorgenfreija, L. (2013). The Baltic States in the EU: Yesterday, today and tomorrow. Studies & Reports No 98. Paris: Notre Europe–Jacques Delors Institute.
Poland in the EU: still at the EU’s periphery?
- Czachór, (2017). The enlargement of the European Union – Poland’s example. Between unity and diversity. Przegląd Politologiczny, No 4, pp. 7-19
- Duszczyk, M. (2016). Periphery, or perhaps already the centre? The impact of ten years of membership in the European Union on the position and perceptions of Poland. In Laffan, B., Magone, J. and Schweiger, C. (eds). Core-periphery relations in the European Union. London: Routledge – pp. 251-265.
- Kolodziejczyk, K. (2016). Poland in the European Union. Ten years of membership. Revista UNISCI/UNISCI Journal, Volume 40, pp. 9-26.
Bulgaria and Romania in the European Union: testing the EU’s transformative power?
- Bechev, D. (2018) Bulgaria and the European Union. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics
- Dimitrov, G., Haralampiev, K., Stoychev, S. (2016) The Adventures of the CVM in Bulgaria and Romania. MAXCAP Working Paper Series, No. 29
- Gherghina, S., Soare S. (2016) A test of European Union post-accession influence: comparing reactions to political instability in Romania, Democratization, 23:5 – pp. 797-818
Turkey: the eternal EU candidate?
- Joseph, J.S. (2012). EU Enlargement: The Challenge and Promise of Turkey In The Foreign Policy of the European Union. Assessing Europe’s Role in the World. Bindi F., Angelescu I. (eds.), Brookings Institution Press, Washington D.C. – pp. 172-182.
- Weber, M. (2018). EU–Turkey relations need an honest new start. European View, Vol.17 (1), 52–57.
Norway, Iceland and the EEA: quasi‐membership of the EU?
- McCallion, M. S., Brianson, A. (2018). Nordic states and European integration: Awkward partners in the North? Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan – pp. 79-128.
- Thorhallsson, B. (2015). The outsiders: Norway and Iceland In The Nordic Countries and the European Union: Still the other European Community? Grøn, C. H., Nedergaard, P. and Wivel, A (eds.) London: Routledge – pp. 32-50.
European Neighborhood Policy and Eastern Partnership: an appropriate response to Eastern European neighbors’ aspirations?
- Korosteleva, E. (2017) The challenges of a changing eastern neighbourhood/ In The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy Schumacher T., Marchetti A. and Thomas Demmelhuber (eds.) Abingdon: Routledge. – pp. 167-176
- Vernygora V., Troitiño D.R., Västra S. (2016) The Eastern Partnership Programme: Is Pragmatic Regional Functionalism Working for a Contemporary Political Empire?. In: Political and Legal Perspectives of the EU Eastern Partnership Policy. Kerikmäe T., Chochia A. (eds). Springer, Cham. – pp. 7-21
EU-Ukraine Relations: too big to integrate?
- Bureiko, N., Moga T. (2018) ‘Bounded Europeanisation’: The case of Ukraine. In: The European Union and its eastern neighbourhood: Europeanisation and its twenty-first-century contradictions. Flenley, P., & Mannin, M. (eds.) Manchester University Press. – pp. 71-85.
Georgia and Moldova: will these countries ever join the EU?
- Całus, K., Kosienkowski, M. (2018). Relations between Moldova and the European Union. In: The European Union and its eastern neighbourhood: Europeanisation and its twenty-first-century contradictions. Flenley, P., & Mannin, M. (eds) Manchester University Press. – pp. 100-113.
- Simão, L. (2018) Georgia: Building a European State. In: The EU’s Neighbourhood Policy towards the South Caucasus. The European Union in International Affairs. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham – pp. 215-244
Relations of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus with the EU: striving for meaningful tailor-made cooperation?
- Kascian, K. (2018) Belarus: does Europeanisation require a geopolitical choice? In: The European Union and its eastern neighbourhood: Europeanisation and its twenty-first-century contradictions. Flenley, P., & Mannin, M. (eds) – pp. 86-100.
- Simão, L. (2018) Azerbaijan: Strategic Partnership Instead of Europeanisation. In: The EU’s Neighbourhood Policy towards the South Caucasus. The European Union in International Affairs. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. – p. 185-213
- Simão, L. (2018) Armenia: Breaking Isolation to Reach Europe. In: The EU’s Neighbourhood Policy towards the South Caucasus. The European Union in International Affairs. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. – pp. 147-184
EU-Russia relations: prolonged crisis or new normality?
- Casier, T. (2015). The EU and Russia. From a marriage of convenience to confrontation. In: The Diplomatic System of the European Union: Evolution, Change and Challenges. Smith, M., Keukeleire, S. and Vanhoonacker, S. (eds.) London, Routledge. – pp. 129-145
- Petrova, I. (2017). EU-Russia relations in the Wider Europe: From strategic partner to major competitor? In: The European Neighbourhood Policy in a comparative perspective: Models, challenges, lessons. Gstöhl, S (ed.) London, Routledge. – pp. 147-162
Northern Dimension and Black-Sea Synergy: dysfunctional initiatives?
- Delcour, L. (2016). Shaping the post-Soviet space? EU policies and approaches to region-building. – pp. 129-146
- Van Elsuwege, P. (2016). The Northern Dimension: a format for pragmatic cooperation with the EU’s biggest neighbour. In The European neighbourhood policy in a comparative perspective. Gstöhl S. (Ed.) London, Routledge. – pp. 92–104.
- Yazgan, H. (2017). Black Sea Synergy: Success or Failure for the European Union. Siyasal Bilimler Dergisi, 5, 67-78.