Journal of Danubian Studies and Research, Vol 1, No 1 (2011)

The Europeanization of Conflicts - A Possible Solution in the Transnistrian Crisis

Florinel Iftode


The European Union tries to promote the democracy in order to achieve a security zone
that would exceed the European space. In order to achieve this objective, the EU uses two main tools:
Europeanization and European integration process. The term “Europeanization” is not a common one,
and contains numerous ambiguities. Europeanization’s interpretation is an interactive process,
initiated and shaped by the countries involved in the process of European integration. However, the
dynamics of Europeanization of EU borders is different. EU proposes that through the European
Neighboring Policy and the Adopted Action Plan it would become more involved in solving the
conflict in Transnistria. It is to be seen which are going to be the specific effects of its actions in this


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