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EU Soft Power in the Eastern Partnership countries: The Case of Ukraine
Shagivaleeva, Akime ; Tomalová, Eliška (advisor) ; Váška, Jan (referee)
SHAGIVALEEVA, Akime. EU Soft Power in the Eastern Partnership countries: the Case of Ukraine. 89 p. Mater thesis. Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of International Studies. Supervisor prof. Mgr. Eliška Tomalová, Ph.D. Abstract The thesis studies the EU as a soft power actor, seeking to analyse the way it is favouring soft power tools in its foreign policy, establishing the relations with the neighbouring countries and guaranteeing security across its borders. The research is aiming to prove that the soft power is a relevant approach and an effective foreign policy tool for the EU to persuade Eastern Partnership countries for closer cooperation. The topic is relevant for the EU security, prosperity and its role as a global political actor. The thesis makes a contribution to the debate, providing with the characterization of the theoretical concept of 'soft' and 'hard' power, description of the use of soft power by the EU, its sources and limits and the argumentation for the effectiveness and relevance of 'soft power' approach having studied how soft power sources are being applied. The thesis represents a qualitative research structured to investigate primarily the theoretical framework and further apply it onto the policy on regional level (Eastern Partnership states) and then more...
European Union as a State-Building Power
Zdrálek, Jan ; Ditrych, Ondřej (advisor) ; Kučerová, Irah (referee)
This thesis concentrates on the role of the European Union as a state-building power. It scrutinizes EU foreign policy in terms of state-building phenomena in three selected areas: Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership, and Southern Neighbourhood. First, it presents the EU as an increasingly powerful international actor and a normative power. Then, it overviews the existing literature on state-building with a special focus on Francis Fukuyama's neoliberal approach and David Chandler's critical remarks. The thesis is methodologically grounded in the Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), specifically the four-value fuzzy set QCA, which enables to bridge the quantitative and qualitative approaches. The analysis operates with 23 cases (countries) and five variables in order to assess the EU state-building practices in relation to the targeted states' resilience. Drawing on the moderate generalizations from QCA results, the thesis concludes that the EU is, indeed, a state-building power which strengthens the resilience of states through its state-building practices.
Perception of Otherness in Europe – Analysis of the Media Discourse before The United Kingdom European Union Membership Referendum 2016
Kutišová, Zuzana ; Kratochvíl, Petr (advisor) ; Rolenc, Jan Martin (referee)
The thesis contributes to explaining the perception of otherness in Europe by conducting the analysis of the media discourse before The United Kingdom European Union membership referendum in 2016. The aim of this thesis is to identify the key concepts used in the media discourse to construct the internal and external otherness in Europe and to reflect the consequences of this practice. The thesis is based on the theory of critical geopolitics which helps us to understand how the social construction of territory and identity works. The result of this thesis is to answer the following question: how was the otherness in Europe described by the British press during the days before the referendum and how was the result affected by this description?
Germany and Ukraine's Path to non-signing the Association Agreement
Svobodová, Tereza ; Handl, Vladimír (advisor) ; Eberle, Jakub (referee)
This thesis deals with German foreign policy on example of negotiations of Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine in years 2007-2013. The purpose of this paper was to analyse German interests in these negotiations and to answer the question, if Germany acted more as a civilian or geoeconomic power. Moreover, I focused on the mistakes of German politicians during this process and how it could influence the negative outcome. Firstly, the thesis follows up main basis of German foreign policy and European Neighbourhood Policy, mainly Eastern Partnership, and the role of Germany in these. The main chapter studies chronologically the process of the treaty negotiations and focuses particularly on press releases and statements of key German politicians. These are compared with chosen criteria to assign the actions to one of the concepts. This thesis comes to a conclusion that Germany acted as a civilian power because it tried to multilateralize the relations, stressed the principles and values and avoided conflicts. Germany's mistake was that it did not pay enough attention to the negotiations and had no clear strategy for this area. With its passivity and lack of interest in Ukraine itself it contributed to the failure of the negotiations.
Influence of EU's foreign and neighbourhood policy on neighbouring countries: The Case of Moldova
Kohút, Jakub ; Kučerová, Irah (advisor) ; Knutelská, Viera (referee)
This diploma thesis deals with the relations between European Union and Republic of Moldova. It presents the EU as a unique entity within European territory, which influences its neighbourhood through "soft power", i. e. through peaceful means. Although such means are not binding and legally enforceable, they have certain impact on countries concerned. The thesis aims at examining to what extent the Republic of Moldova is influenced by these means. A special attention is given to transmission of those values and norms, which are the most important for EU (democracy, rule of law, human rights protection, etc.). The issue is seen from a social constructivist perspective.
Promoting Czech Priorities in Eastern Partnership: Three Czech Presidencies
Franěk, Robert ; Váška, Jan (advisor) ; Najšlová, Lucia (referee)
The thesis "Promoting Czech Priorities in Eastern Partnership" deals with Czech policy towards six states of Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus during three presidencies: in Visegrad Group in years 2007/2008 and 2011/2012 and in the Council of EU in 2009. These periods were chosen, because Czech Republic had the biggest opportunity to influence the project in them. Based on the analysis of presidency programms and evaluation of agenda, the thesis tries to assess, if was Czech Republic successful in promoting its foreign policy priorities in the project during the presidencies. First chapters of the thesis are dedicated to history of Czech relations with the region of Eastern Europe and to description of Eastern Partnership project. The other three chapters are case studies of particular presidencies. After all, the thesis concludes, that despite the fact, that Czech Republic successfully included its priorities in presidency programms and agenda, it was not able to promote them on the EU level because of lack of political interest and experience.
Eastern Partnership
Suchanová, Kateřina ; Plechanovová, Běla (advisor) ; Knutelská, Viera (referee)
This bachelor thesis deals with the program of the Eastern Partnership. First of all thesis examines the European Neighbourhood Policy from the moment of commencement until the consequences and limits of the policy. After that thesis focuses on the very program of the Eastern Partnership as the eastern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy. At this point thesis inspects the commencement of the program, its tools, and of course, its results as well as failures. In the third part thesis concentrates on the foreign policy of the Czech republic in relation to the Eastern Partnership as its priority. Firstly, the focus is devoted to participants of czech foreign policy, after that, thesis focuses on the role of the Czech republic initiative of the Eastern Partnership and to finish with examination of activities which are conducted by the Czech republic in the Eastern Partnership.
Effectiveness of the Eastern Partnership of the EU
Dračková, Jana ; Karlas, Jan (advisor) ; Kučerová, Irah (referee)
The thesis focuses on analyzing the support of democracy model through the external governance and its efficiency as potentially more successful alternative to leverage and linkage. The theoretical part shows that democratic governance defines democracy according to the following principles: transparency, accountability and public participation. It is also based on the concept of external governance, which focuses on expanding EUs internal rules beyond its borders. For this purpose the case of Eastern Partnership was chosen. This case uses the mechanism of external governance and also applies the strategy of the support of the democracy in sector cooperation. The efficiency of this initiative or rather support of the democracy through the external governance is evaluated by comparative analysis of impact of cooperation of EU and partner country on their legislative development within the three selected sector policies (energy industry, environmental protection, justice and home affairs). The time period for the research is from establishing of the initiative in 2009 to the summit in Vilnius in the fall 2013. After general assessment of the results it can be said that the EU was successful in more than half the studied cases and thus EU is, more or less capable of an integration of its democratic...
EU - Ukraine Relations between 2004 and 2011: from the European Neighbourhood Policy to the Eastern Partnership
Havlíček, Pavel ; Zilynskyj, Bohdan (advisor) ; Najšlová, Lucia (referee)
The Bachelor's thesis deals with a problem of the EU-Ukraine relations between 2004 and 2011 in form of a case-study. More specifically, it focuses on the European Neighbourhood Policy and the project of Eastern Partnership. Analysing the partnership, the thesis tries to answer a research question what the reason for failure of the European goals in Ukraine is. To answer the question the thesis is divided into three parts and each of them describes and analyses the development of the relations between EU and Ukraine. The first chapter elaborates points from history of the partnership which are relevant for the development after 2004. The second part looks into the European Neighbourhood Policy, its origins and character together with the contribution to the relations with Ukraine. The final section aims at the Eastern Partnership initiative and it describes and analyses the policy as well. The second part of the chapter offers a comparison of both policies and it deduces limits of the European foreign policy in Ukraine. Finally, the thesis comes to conclusion that the hypothesis stating that the EU failed to achieve its goals in Ukraine due to the inconsistent approach towards Ukraine was partly right. However, during the process of writing two other limits of the "Eurocentric" European foreign...
Multilateralism in the European Neighbourhood Policy
Prošková, Barbora ; Weiss, Tomáš (advisor) ; Šlosarčík, Ivo (referee)
This paper focuses on the existence of multilateral relations among European Union and its Eastern neighbors. The purpose of this paper is to study whether and to what extent multilateral relations have existed with Eastern states since the introduction of European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Paper deals as well with the progress of these relations emphasizing mainly the evolution after the release of Eastern Partnership. An in-depth examination of different aspects of the above mentioned relations confirms the paper's assumption that the multilateral type of relations have existed since the startup of ENP and that they were deepened by Eastern Partnership. The final part of the paper is devoted to the assessment of multilateral dimension of Eastern part of the European neighbourhood, its interpretation enriched by current debates.

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