Missing partnership: SOTEU disregards calls from Eastern allies for positive political signals

Missing partnership: SOTEU disregards calls from Eastern allies for positive political signals

The EU’s Eastern Partnership is often touted by European officials as one of the bloc’s most foreign policies but was barely mentioned in Commission president’s first annual address, despite calls for more political signalling. Despite a strong focus on foreign policy and Western Balkans, the Eastern Partnership policy merited only one passing mention in Ursula von der Leyen’s 90-minute speech on Wednesday (16 September), and plans of some countries to eventually join the bloc were left without acknowledgement. The Commission President highlighted the “shared history and destiny” of the EU…

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