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Russia and the EU: the need for pragmatism

Charlotte Wagnsson

in Security in a Greater Europe

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780719078828
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701638 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719078828.003.0006
Russia and the EU: the need for pragmatism

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This chapter analyses the central rhetorical divergences exposed by case studies which seriously hamper cooperation between Russia and the EU. The divergences appear to mirror deep policy controversies that are tied to existential issues and consequently to the two parties' identities. Given the difficulties in eradicating their basic differences, the chapter suggests that pragmatism is the most plausible way for Russia and the EU to advance their integration in the sphere of security. Increased cooperation on as many issues and levels as possible might boost a kind of neo-functionalism, which might, in the long run, contribute to further rapprochement in the sphere of security.

Keywords: rhetorical divergences; Russia; EU; pragmatism; security

Chapter.  11183 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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