Matthias Dornfeld gives European view on Caucasus

Matthias Dornfeld gives European view on Caucasus

Matthias Dornfeld, a political analyst at the Berlin Center for Caspian Region Studies, has given his view on the integration of Georgia in Europe, ties between Europe and Armenia and prospects of Turkey joining the EU. Unlike Heiko Langner, Dornfeld does not deny the presence of some European standards of democracy Georgia wants to achieve for fully-fledged European integration, based on the association agreement and the free trade agreement Georgia initialed at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius.

In his words, the peculiarity of the Euro-Atlantic vector of the new Georgian authorities lies in the need for compromise with Russia. A commitment to joining NATO is no longer part of the agenda.

Concerning cooperation with Armenia, the political analyst is confident that it will continue within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy, despite Armenia’s choice to join the Customs Union. Dornfeld believes that economic cooperation between members of the Customs Union and EU states is possible.

The expert refrained from telling about the role of Switzerland in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as the chairing state of the OSCE. He commented on the readmission agreement of Brussels and Ankara. Dornfeld calls it an important document that will bring the sides to form a visa-free regime. Thus, Turkey will make another step towards becoming an EU member.

The analyst expressed concerns about the internal political events in Turkey. He believes that they drag out the process of becoming an EU member. Dornfeld insists that Ankara should continue reforms to form a free and democratic state, making no steps backwards.

Matthias Dornfeld, a political analyst at the Berlin Center for Caspian Region Studies, has given his view on the integration of Georgia in Europe, ties between Europe and Armenia and prospects of Turkey joining the EU. Unlike Heiko Langner, Dornfeld does not deny the presence of some European standards of democracy Georgia wants to achieve for fully-fledged European integration, based on the association agreement and the free trade agreement Georgia initialed at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius.In his words, the peculiarity of the Euro-Atlantic vector of the new Georgian authorities lies in the need for compromise with Russia. A commitment to joining NATO is no longer part of the agenda.Concerning cooperation with Armenia, the political analyst is confident that it will continue within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy, despite Armenia’s choice to join the Customs Union. Dornfeld believes that economic cooperation between members of the Customs Union and EU states is possible.The expert refrained from telling about the role of Switzerland in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as the chairing state of the OSCE. He commented on the readmission agreement of Brussels and Ankara. Dornfeld calls it an important document that will bring the sides to form a visa-free regime. Thus, Turkey will make another step towards becoming an EU member.The analyst expressed concerns about the internal political events in Turkey. He believes that they drag out the process of becoming an EU member. Dornfeld insists that Ankara should continue reforms to form a free and democratic state, making no steps backwards

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