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EU-isation and Cooperative Confrontation: towards the Ideal of a Pan-European Architecture.

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GERMAN  INSTITUTE  FOR  INTERNATIONAL  AND  SECURITY  AFFAIRS

For more than 50 years, SWP has provided analysis on foreign policy issues not only to the Bundestag and the German Federal Government, but also to economic actors and the general public.

Their website: swp-berlin.org .

Kai-Olaf LANG

Barbara LIPPERT

EU Options on Russia and the Eastern Partners. “Cooperative Confrontation” as the Guiding Principle beyond the Riga Summit. 05/2015

 

 

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The European Union should work to restore good relations, transparency and stability between Russia and its neighbours and among the neighbours. Principles such as openness to cooperation, multilateral alliances, compatibility of economic and trade areas, and amelioration of the consequences of cooperation for all involved including Russia should continue to apply.

The Union must base its Russia policy on the three tenets, which it has pursued in its Eastern Policy: a stable pan-European or regional order, cooperation as the defining mode of action, and pursuit of a transformative and normative policy of support for reforms. The more weight the European Union can lend that triad, the greater its political credibility will be.

The option of ‘cooperative confrontation’ best serves the threefold objectives. This option would involve a differentiation in the value dimension in European Eastern Policy:

While the European Union would maintain its paradigm of reconfiguring its neighbourgs comprehensively and thus also normatively towards responsible governance, democratization and market economy, it would also account for Russia’s peculiarity. Russia is different and it may remain so. But it must respect any internal change its neighbours wish for.

The sense and purpose of cooperative confrontation would not be regime change in Russia.

Following this line, the European Union and its member states would unswervingly continue the EU-isation of willing neighbouring states, and grant Russia absolutely no influence over their future relationship to the European Union.

The EU cannot align its short- and medium-term Russia policy on the ideal of a pan-European structure, whether economic or political in nature. But within the scope of this option it can create pillars that could later be inserted into such a continental architecture.

 

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