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The Relationship between the EU and Russia in Two Perspectives — Russian Model versus Strategic Union

  • Nicolae Paun

Abstract

What course will Russia’s development take? Assessments of likely future scenarios can therefore vary widely. Some evaluations run along the following lines: Russia is in the process of building a civil society, undertaking fundamental economic reforms and establishing modern, efficient political institutions. Russia has left imperial ambitions behind once and for all, and is following a conventional, pragmatic foreign policy, based on relatively visibly defined national interests. Another evaluation may be read as follows: Russia’s reforms simply give the appearance of success, while in fact they have become bogged down in corruption; at the heart of the system, everything remains as it was in Soviet times. Russian democracy is fragile, because civil society exists only in embryonic formation.2

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicolae Paun
    • 1
  1. 1.Fakultät für Europastudien der Babes-Bolyai Universität KlausenburgDeutschland

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