Europe in the World

Trade and geopolitics: should the EU engage with the Eurasian Economic Union?

2 April 2015
Rilka Dragneva-Lewers (Senior Lecturer at the Birmingham Law School) and Kataryna Wolczuk (Reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham)



In an effort to find a solution to the deteriorating relationship between the EU and Russia, various commentators, policy-makers and experts have suggested that the EU should seriously consider engaging with the Eurasian Economic Union, as part of a new ‘grand bargain’ between Russia and the EU. If Ukraine will no longer be forced to choose between two integrating regimes, so the argument goes, Russian sensibilities can be pacified, which will in turn, hopefully, lead to peace in eastern Ukraine. However, according to Rilka Dragneva and Kataryna Wolczuk, these arguments are based on a number of problematic assumptions about integration dynamics in the eastern neighbourhood. In this Policy Brief, they recommend the EU better think twice before further engaging with the EEU.

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