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The Russia-EU 2007 quandary
The Russia-EU 2007 quandary

Author(s): Nadezhda Arbatova
Subject(s): International relations/trade, Comparative politics
Published by: CEPS Centre for European Policy Studies
Keywords: Russia-EU relations; European model; PCA;
Summary/Abstract: There are two main groups in Russia striving to upgrade the level of Russian-EU relations. These are, first of all, democratic factions within the political elite and the expert community who believe that the European model, adapted according to national differences and specifics but based on general, fundamental principles. The second group, comprising elements within Russia’s ruling establishment, argue that upping the level of relations with the EU symbolises Russia’s importance in the modern world, with a special responsibility for international security and stability. Three scenarios are identified as theoretical options for how to deal with the 10th anniversary of the PCA: 1) continuing with the PCA, 2) modernising and revamping the PCA and 3) creating and ratifying a wholly new agreement. The second scenario, which the author favours, would in particular spell out in more operational terms the four common spaces agreed in May 2005.

  • Page Range: 41-50
  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2006
  • Language: English