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The EU and the crisis in Ukraine: a tale of technocracy and divided politics

Maria Giulia Amadio Viceré, Artem Remizov

The main argument underpinning the paper is that the current Ukrainian crisis has urged the EU to improve coordination between its institutions in foreign and security area. Ever since the annexation of Crimea on behalf of Russia, the crisis in Ukraine has been challenging the stability of EU Eastern Neighbourhood. As a response to such external factors, the EU has started to adjust incrementally its institutional structure. The paper analyses the on going developments within the CFSP policy area, conceptualising the Ukrainian crisis as an exogenous factor impacting on the EU institutional level. The creation on behalf of the Commission of the Support Group for Ukraine and the decision to vest HR with coordination functions regarding 'External Action cluster' of the Commission are analysed. In addition, the paper analyses the member states' decision to launch a special unit to counter Russian propaganda.

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