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That's All Folks? Czech Republic's Commitment to Enlargement and Eastern Partnership after the Council Presidency

Tomas Weiss

Support to further enlargement of the EU has been one of the trademarks of Czech foreign policy. The Czech EU Council Presidency added an Eastern dimension to the traditional focus on the Western Balkans, with the Eastern Partnership the flagship of the Presidency. In recent years, however, the Czech commitment seems to be under pressure and wavering - there have been diplomatic clashes between the Czech Republic and Ukraine, the Czech Republic was represented at the level of Foreign Minister at the EaP summit in Warsaw.The paper will analyse what role the support to enlargement and the EU's Eastern neighbourhood continue to play in Czech Republic's foreign policy. It will focus on both declaratory and practical policy as visible in official documents and declarations, as well as financial and in-kind support. The empirical material will include programme of the new Czech government, the Czech presidency of the Visegraacute;d Group, new Czech basic foreign and security documents that were adopted last year, or the Czech position in the negotiations over the new financial framework and its bilateral assistance to the countries in the region.

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