FIIA Comment

FIIA Comment 14 (2017)   

No Eastern troublemaker:
Estonian EU Presidency seeks unity in a fragmenting Europe


Published 26.6.2017

Kristi Raik
Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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Estonia will take over the presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July. The rotating presidency has limited powers, but provides a good image-building opportunity. Estonia’s goal to distinguish itself from the Eastern member states, while supporting the EU’s unity, entails a difficult balancing act.

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