Good Neighbourliness in the European Legal Context : Dimitri Kochenov and Elena Basheska (Ed.), Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2015. 397 pages. ISBN: 9789004299771.

Cardwell, Paul James (2017) Good Neighbourliness in the European Legal Context : Dimitri Kochenov and Elena Basheska (Ed.), Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2015. 397 pages. ISBN: 9789004299771. Common Market Law Review, 54 (4). pp. 1254-1256. ISSN 0165-0750

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Abstract

Of the vast literature available on the internal and external dynamics of the EU, there has been little attention paid to what being a “good neighbour” entails. This is surprising, given the CML Rev. 20171254 Book reviews original aim of the EU to bring the Member States (who remain “neighbours” to each other) closer together through the process of integration. The same point also applies externally, again despite the explicit name and institutional framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy,as one designed to promote cooperation and harmony beyond the EU’s borders. As the editors note in the opening chapter, good neighbourliness in Europe appears to be lacking in the context of ongoing events in Crimea, right on the EU’s doorstep. Although the UK’s EU referendum and the ensuing debate on what kind of “neighbourly” relationship the UK and EU will have inthe future occurred after the collection was completed, this context would appear to make this collection even more timely in terms of understanding “good neighbourliness”, especially where the internal-external divide is blurred.