The European Commission and Federica Mogherini, the high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, have until the autumn to present proposals to "reform" the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Given the determination to consult extensively, the European machinery and the complexity of the issue on both the Eastern and Southern flanks, this time frame does not seem excessive.

Opinions and proposals have been streaming in since the 4 March launch of a public consultation on review of the ENP. They…