What does the war in Georgia mean for EU foreign policy?
Written by Tomas Valasek, 15 August 2008
The war in Georgia divided the European Union instead of uniting it. Some member-states condemned Russia and gave (non-military) aid to the Georgian government; others accused Tbilisi of provoking the war. EU capitals make very different assumptions about Moscow's goals, and these differences will hamper Europe's post-war policy on Russia. But this should not prevent Europe from responding: the EU should take a more active role in defusing 'frozen' conflicts in Eastern Europe, and it should accelerate the integration of countries between the EU and Russia into the European Union.