The firmly entrenched stagnation of relations between Russia and the European Union is leading to mutual dissatisfaction and even distrust. The failure of current institutions and practices to adapt to the challenges of the international political and economic environment and the outdated (for both Russia and Europe) agenda, are responsible. Each side perceives almost all initiatives by the other as competitive, which does not help relations improve. This kind of situation is damaging to the European Union, reducing its capacity for action vis-à-vis Russia; Russia, in turn, is writing off sources for the country's modernization. Timofei Bordachev is the Vice-Dean and Director of the Center for European and International Research at the Faculty of World Economics and Politics (State University-Higher School of Economics, SU-HSE) and Research Director at the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy (Moscow).
46-Georgia, Obama, the Economic Crisi
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Norway embarked on a policy to overcome old dividing lines in the High North and encourage closer cooperation with Russia, its large neighbor to the east. In addition to being neighbors in the High North - an area that still plays an important part in Russian strategic designs - both countries are important global energy players and share interests in developing energy resources in the area. However, their energy cooperation is influenced by many historical and geopolitical factors and concerns, and their bilateral relationship is strongly influenced by a visible disparity of their respective potentials and by their historically determined perceptions of each other.
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20- Russia-EU Beyond 2007
According to Nadezhda Arbatova, Head of Department at the European Political Studies Centre (IMEMO, Russian Academy of Sciences), one of the main problems in relations between Russia and the European Union (EU) is the absence of strategic goals. by Dec 4
15- Russia and the Council of Europe
Ten years after Russia joined the Council of Europe, Jean-Pierre Massias, professor of public law at the University of Auvergne, makes an uppraisal of Russias adhesion. by Dec 4
13- The EU-Russia Energy Dialogue
The EU-Russia energy dialogue is defined by a growing asymmetry between a strengthened national monopoly on the supply side and a gradual opening of markets in Europe. By Vladimir Milov is President of the Moscow-based independent Institute of Energy Policy, former Deputy Minister of Energy of Russia. by Dec 4
7- EU Crisis : What Opportunities for Russia
Russia can and must also fully consider tactical changes occurring withing decision-making mechanims, and the balance of power within the EU.
By Timofei Bordachev, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, 'Russia in Global Affairs'; Director of Studies, Council on Foreign and Defence Policy (SVOP).
by Dec 4