Healing the Eastern Neighborhood from anti-democratic shortcomings and insecurity must become a European priority, and to achieve this goal, the EU needs quick and preventive strategic thinking and planning.
The variety of Euroscepticism in the EU's Eastern Neighborhood is growing as political contacts intensify, and European practices expand. The increased visibility of the EU in the region accentuates various forms of Euroscepticism. These stem from the reactions of authoritarian or hybrid regimes to European intentions to democratically reform its Eastern European neighbors. However, the most visible Euroscepticism arises from Russian geopolitical discourse, amplified by Russian disinformation. By Dionis Cenusa
Although for separate purposes, both China and Russia, are pursuing the "fragmentation" of the EU and "de-Europeanization" of the political decisions in the member states ... The pandemic creates a unique situation in which the EU’s “soft power” in the Eastern Partnership could be overshadowed by Moscow, but the latter pursues completely different goals - more vital goals - in Italy, Serbia or the US...
The EU openly recognizes that the resilience of its Eastern neighbours is a priority. The Covid-19 crisis demonstrates how important it is to coordinate actions both within the EU and between Brussels and its eastern neighbourhood.
Hard to keep track of Donbass- and Crimea-related news because of the coronavirus psychosis. Yet it seems like the framework of Ukraine-Russia relations has changed fundamentally within the scope of a few weeks.
Inner tensions, lack of geopolitical projection and frustration of European aspirations of neighbors: the EU's actions as well as inactions weakens its position in Moldova and in the neighborhood. It opens the door for new actors to take over.