The Italian Presidency of the European Union: an opportunity to review EU relations with Russia and EaP countries, Marco Siddi, IEP Berlin

IEP_Bildschirm_2000x400pxFrom 1 July to 31 December 2014 Italy will hold the rotating presidency of the European Union. Due to recent events in Ukraine, relations with Russia and with Eastern Partnership countries will most likely be at the top of the EU foreign policy agenda during the Italian presidency semester. Although the Treaty of Lisbon has limited the prerogatives of the rotating presidency in foreign policy, Italy can coordinate with the EU High Representative and use its special relationship with Russia in order to negotiate the stabilisation of Ukraine and revise the broader EU approach towards the Eastern neighbourhood.

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