EU influence in Transnistria. An analysis of the ways in which the EU influences the conflict between Moldova and Transnistria through the use of border policies and geopolitics

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Within the large spectrum of border research, this thesis focused on the conflict between Transnistria and Moldova. This subject was combined with the idea of European border practices, through which the EU tries to extend its governmentality outside of the European Union. The goal of the thesis was to describe the ways in which the European Union influences the conflict between Moldova and Transnistria through the use of bordering policies and geopolitics. In focusing on this goal, the European Neighbourhood Policy, with the Eastern Partnership as part of this, was analyzed. Also, regarding the goal of this research, there was a focus on post-colonialism and neo-imperialism as theories. In the theoretical framework, there was a focus on several forms of border research relevant to this research area. Answering the main question, the EU exercises their geopolitical agenda in different ways. Through bilateral agreements with Moldova, through the Eastern partnership with different eastern European countries and through the use of neo-imperialism. However, the role that Russia plays in the conflict should not be underestimated. This makes finding a solution to the conflict very difficult, if not impossible.
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