Alexander Stubb, Finland’s foreign minister, has recently called for a ‘dignified’ EU human rights policy towards defiant states such as Russia. While the EU needs new ideas to increase the efficiency of its policy, vague references to ‘mutual respect’ and ‘listening’ are still a far cry from offering a credible solution to the problem.

Sinikukka Saari
Senior Research Fellow - The EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme