Cover Osteuropa 12/2010

In Osteuropa 12/2010

Europe’s New “Donauwelle”
The Danube Strategy of the European Commission

Andrea Despot, Eckart D. Stratenschulte

Deutsche Fassung


In December 2010, the European Commission presented a strategy for the Danube region. The goal is to improve the working, living, and environmental conditions in 14 countries. It is unclear on what basis the macro-region Danube was construed and whether this area is able to handle such a strategy. The connection to other strategies in the eastern partnership and the Black Sea synergy has not been worked out. But the strategy represents an approach to a new form of European governance. Its effectiveness will depend on whether the strategy succeeds in realizing some of its numerous activities.

(Osteuropa 12/2010, pp. 97–116)