This “Foreign Policy Speech” by Enes Day can be accessed here.

It was originally written for the ATHENA Jean Monnet Chair MSc Course “The EU and the Post-Soviet Space” taught by Dr. Olga Burlyuk. It is published as part of our mission to showcase peer-leading papers written by students during their studies. This work can be used for background reading and research, but should not be cited as an expert source or used in place of scholarly articles/books.


The EU has received a Nobel peace prize in 2012 for successfully promoting peace and democracy in the European continent. 10 years later, the EU is set to receive another Nobel peace prize, because of its efforts to act as a peace keeper around the globe. This speech criticizes the acceptance of such a prize, as actions of the EU have also caused an increase in tensions in countries outside of the union exacerbating subsequent domestic problems. My point of view is that of a Kazakh human rights activist, who observes these tensions due to the rise of Russians after the war on Ukraine as the EU closed its borders for Russian nationals, and criticizes the union for its lack in accountability.