Publications of Loschert, Franziska Eva

EU Actorness and the Ukraine Crisis: A social constructivist approach

The current Ukraine crisis and the Russian annexation of Crimea in February 2014 is portrayed as a fundamental breach of international law and the greatest challenge of the established world order since the end of the Cold War1. Voices are being raised all across Europe demanding a unified response of the EU towards the Ukraine crisis and especially towards the assertive behavior of Russia. The crisis is seen as a test for the EU to demonstrate whether it is capable of responding to the crisis as a credible international actor and whether it will live up to its identity and values. The aim of this paper is to study to what extent the EU is constrained or enabled to respond to the Ukrainian crisis as an actor.