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On "European values"

"European values" is a widely-used expression. Everyone is assumed to know what it means. But what are "European values?" Are they unique to Europe? If so, what is it that makes them special? Are European values superior to those of other civilizations? When did Europe acquire them? Were they operative during the eras of imperialism and colonialism, slavery, Europe's religious wars, the Inquisition, and the World Wars? Upon examination, it turns out that the values...

04.04.2016 06:56:00

The EU Eastern Partnership program: lessons for Russia

... especially Ukraine that of European Union. Even in Armenia and Belarus oppositional forces shuffled Russia's positions. Thus, the role of Russia has been gradually decreasing. That is why it would be an oversimplification to say that the creation of the Eastern Partnership(EaP) has considerably changed Russian role in the CIS. However, refusal of Armenia to sign the association agreement with the European Union, renewal of the relations with Georgia, return of the Crimean peninsula and the creation of ...

15.06.2015 19:03:00

Ukraine crisis: Need for a new order in Europe and Eurasia

... necessary at all. The problem of security in Europe and Eurasia after the collapse of the USSR was never adequately thought through and negotiated. If it had been, Russia might have ended up as a strategic partner rather than a geopolitical adversary. The Eastern Partnership is essentially a project of anti-Russian Swedes and Poles, with much of the EU, going along with the project with different levels of reluctance or enthusiasm. Its sponsors must have given assurances that the project would not involve ...

30.01.2015 17:55:00

Geopolitics, Revisionism and the Black Sea

... ‘enlarged’ an environment of uncertainty. As support for the Black Sea Synergy, initiated by Romania in 2008 was diminishing, Poland, which has maintained a vivid strategic interest in the Black Sea and the wider post- Soviet spectrum, advanced the Eastern Partnership. Both initiatives have attempted to solidify strategic and geopolitical interests whether one gazes at Romania’s regional ambitions of counterbalancing a historical Turkish-Russian hegemony around the Black Sea or Poland’s ...

21.08.2014 16:37:00

There will be no Cold War

Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea has enraged the West. His lack of openness to any compromise has forced it to launch a — weak — sanctions regime. Putin finds this ‘unacceptable’ and threatens retaliation. In yesterday’s speech — which many noted might have been his most important ever —, Putin hit a markedly anti-Western tone. Partially rewriting history, he bemoaned the West’s hypocrisy, double standards, and mingling in foreign countries;...

19.03.2014 15:05:00

Glory to Ukraine; Radek Sikorski for High Representative!

... policy chief. It needs to be someone with a vision and strategic thinking; someone whose allegiance to European ideals is unquestionable but who is a realist and not ashamed, or worse, afraid of geopolitics. Someone who will rethink and re-calibrate the Eastern Partnership, acknowledging its geopolitical nature. Someone who can make it fit the new reality shaped partly by a self-assured Russia, protective of its sphere of influence and as disinterested in modernising trade and security cooperation with ...

25.02.2014 14:39:00

Game not over: on Ukraine’s rebuff to the EU deal

... developments seem to be on the way. In light of the happenings of the past few days, Europe may come out of this better than it would have, had things gone another way. It has long been known that the talks between the EU and Ukraine should end at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, with the signing of a Free Trade and Association Agreement. It’s been known that such an agreement would be against Russia’s well-articulated geopolitical interests, and that it would much prefer to see ...

05.12.2013 03:42:00

Ukraine’s Choice and Russia’s Objections: DCFTA vs. Customs Union

Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) is seen as one of the most important carrots for countries of the Eastern Partnership. Ukraine’s negotiations with the EU over the Association Agreement, which contains the DCFTA, were concluded at the turn of the year 2011. On the opposite shore stands the offer of Customs Union, consisting of Russia, Belarus ...

20.03.2013 13:40:00

Haughty by nature: on the EU’s outward rhetoric

... influence over its policies, the Kremlin has not set any politico-legal conditions to accession; economic integration is what it says and what it means. The symbolism of it all Apart from the early planning stages, Russia has not taken part in the Eastern Partnership or the European Neighbourhood Policy. Amongst a number of practical reasons, they fear it endangers their own regional integration projects as well as their own rapprochement with the EU. But let’s not underestimate the role ...

14.03.2013 05:38:00

EU, Ukraine and “Red Lines” of Russian Foreign Policy

The Eastern Partnership is rather fresh policy of the European Union to structure and improve political and economic relations with six post-Soviet states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. All of these states are in the closest ...

01.03.2013 10:52:00

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    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
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    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
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