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News from Sep 04, 2015
: The concept of Eastern Europe is beyond doubt a political construct with its boundaries having been shaped and defined over the course of the Cold War. The East-West divide has even deeper historical roots and is infused with perceived hierarchies, between the prosperous and superior West and the backward and under-developed East. Such perceptions continue to exist even twenty five years after the collapse of the regimes behind the Iron Curtain. On the other hand, the term seems to be practically outdated as many countries of the region have integrated into the institutional structures of the liberal Western order, while others fell back to authoritarian practices.
Similar to the divergence of political transformation outcomes in the region, the economic structures and performance have also developed differently based on the initial conditions and the globalization processes brought into force after decades of isolation. Based on the IMF 2014 “Twenty Five Years of Transition” Report, countries that took bolder reform measures in the early transition phase, e.g. in the Baltics and Central Europe, experienced a faster rate of economic growth. The integration into the global economy was one of the key goals of the economic transformation undertaken by the post-socialist nations since the 1990s. The recent sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation by the European Union as a result of the country’s foreign policy towards Crimea, have shown once again that politics and economics go hand in hand and should be studied thoroughly together, especially with regards to a region (still) in flux like Eastern Europe.
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