The Transnistria Conflict And the European Union’s Foreign Policy Endeavour in Moldova

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The specific problem discussed in this paper is the frozen conflict of Transnistria, what caused it, how it has been dealt with in the past twenty years and what has changed since the EU became part of the conflict resolution process and stepped up its relations with Moldova. What is problematic in the EU’s case is that it does not have a clear common foreign policy yet, therefore this is the second problem discussed in the paper. Besides discussing these problems the author aims to explain the broader geopolitical situations and how this can have an effect on conflict resolution and relations between the EU and Russia. Furthermore the author tries to get an understanding of how the EU works in Moldova when it comes to foreign policy and conflict resolution. Lastly there is the objective of giving an explanation about what kind of conflict we are dealing with here and what obstacles are in the way of a peaceful solution. These problems and objectives lead to the following research question: What steps is the EU taking to contribute to the Transnistrian conflict resolution process and what obstacles does it encounter through this new foreign policy role? What follows is a summary of the main findings from the different chapters.
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