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(002) A POWER AUDIT OF EU-RUSSIA RELATIONS
(002) A POWER AUDIT OF EU-RUSSIA RELATIONS

Author(s): Mark Leonard, Nicu Popescu
Subject(s): Civil Society, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Geopolitics
Published by: ECFR European Council on Foreign Relations
Keywords: European Power; Russia-EU Relations;
Summary/Abstract: In this project, we have tried to implement some practices which will guide our future activities as the ECFR takes its work into new policy areas. First, we have tried to look at several dimensions of European power. We have explored how Moscow sees the EU and uses its power to influence it; how each member state relates to Russia; as well as the links between Moscow and EU institutions. This report draws on data gathered by a team of researchers from all 27 EU member states. Each conducted a survey of their country’s economic, political and military relations with Russia. Secondly, we have tried to avoid the euphemistic phrases and diplomatic practices that cloak tensions within the EU and between the EU and third countries. In order to promote a common European approach, we have illustrated some of the areas where the policies of individual member states have undercut common European objectives. The goal is not to stigmatise particular countries. Future reports on European foreign policy issues will put the spotlight on the policies of other states. Thirdly, we have done our best to understand the issues from the perspective of policymakers. A senior EU official complained to one of the authors about the propensity of outside observers to simplify complex issues and to imply that the only thing standing in the way of a successful EU foreign policy is the stupidity of officials. We have tried to heed this plea and have not offered any easy, ready-made solutions. We are grateful to the many officials who have provided us with useful guidance at every step of the research process, in particular those who took part in a round-table discussion of the interim findings, attended by officials from all EU institutions and a majority of EU member states.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-1-906538-00-2
  • Page Count: 74
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • Language: English