Why Europe matters
Relationship between Europe and Armenia.
Europe and Armenia
The Republic of Armenia is the smallest of the Republics that emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union. In spite of a remarkable turnaround after the deep crisis of the early 1990s, the process of state-building is not yet complete, many political and economic problems remain, and its neighbourhood remains dangerous.
The European Union cannot be true to its mission without firmly anchoring Armenia in its system of governance. In turn, Armenia aspires to joining the Union. The EU alone can generate the trust required for peace, democracy, development and regional cooperation to thrive in Armenia’s neighbourhood.
Europe and the Armenian Diaspora
The Armenian Diaspora’s presence in Europe outside its original homeland dates back more than one thousand years, though its numbers increased dramatically after World War I. It is thus part of the European family of cultures and has much to contribute to European integration. In turn, it can greatly benefit from the emphasis which European unification has placed on cultural diversity, on the value of minority languages and cultures, on multi- linguism and on tolerance.