‘Nothing is imposed in this policy!’: From the European Neighbourhood to Greece
A recent contibution to the blog of the journal New Perspectives by Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň and Petr Kratochvíl.
The European Union recently imposed harsh reforms on the Greek government, parliament and people. While the European leaders openly preferred to maintain the burden of an unsustainable debt over democratic sovereignty, they have also stressed that ‘the ownership by the Greek authorities is key’ in the Euro-Summit ‘agreement’ and emphasized ‘the need to rebuild trust’. While the neocolonial attitudes of EU core countries might come as a surprise to some, a thorough look at some EU policies such as the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) shows that the EU’s actions are often to a large extent based on a very similar attitude, reminiscent of its colonial past.
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