The EU-Russia-US triangle

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Almost immediately after the end of the Soviet Union, the EU-Russia bilateral agenda became substantial and extensive, at least compared to the zero regime with the Soviet Union, and the article will give most attention to this.

Abstract

Almost immediately after the end of the Soviet Union, the EU-Russia bilateral agenda became substantial and extensive, at least compared to the zero regime with the Soviet Union, and the article will give most attention to this. However there is still a search process going on to work out what this relationship is really to become, with some grand but vague ideas floating around such as for a number of common European policy spaces, or Bolshaya Evropa (la Grande Europe), without these taking real shape as of now. The EU-US bilateral, while complex and growing in importance, is still quite thin compared to the individual bilaterals between the EU member states and the US. Indeed treating the EU itself as a bloc is only partly valid. The most important transatlantic cooperation has been embedded multilaterally, be it in the WTO for trade, and NATO for strategic security. The larger part of the EU-US agenda now seems to be over how to act in relation to the rest of the world.” This paper focuses first of the EU-Russia bilateral to then take up issues of the increasingly ‘variable geometry’ of the triangular relationship EU-Russia-US. It is discussed whether we may be seeing the emergence of a new self-equilibrating implicit system among these three main western partners or not.


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