This book presents a ground-breaking comparative study of the bilateral relations of all 27 EU member states with Russia and an assessment of their impact on the EU’s efforts to conduct a coherent and effective policy towards its most important neighbour.
While there has been a lot of research on European foreign policy, there has been much less on the role that national foreign policies play in it. Based on a common analytical framework, this book offers a detailed analysis of ‘national perspectives on Russia’ and how they interact with and affect policymaking at the EU-level. The authors provide deep insights into the relationship between individual states and Russia looking at a range of policy areas: economics, trade, energy, security, culture and education. They are not only interested in examining policy failure but also probing the possibilities of seeing national foreign policies and the bilateralism with third parties that they often entail as a potentially positive resource for the European Union.
As Russia is an example of a particularly hard case for EU foreign policy, this book yields important insights concerning the possibilities as well as limits of developing a common EU policy in the future. It will be of interest to students and scholars of European politics, EU Studies, Russian politics, foreign policy studies and international politics.
1. Introduction Maxine David, Jackie Gower and Hiski Haukkala 2. Germany Susan Stewart 3. France Rachel Le Noan 4. Ireland and the United Kingdom Maxine David 5. Italy Riccardo Alcaro 6. Poland Bartosz Cichocki 7. Portugal and Spain Licínia Simão 8. Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands Tom Casier 9. Denmark, Finland and Sweden Tobias Etzold and Hiski Haukkala 10. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania Ainius Lašas and David J. Galbreath 11. Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia Martin Dangerfield 12. Bulgaria Diana Bozhilova 13. Romania Mircea Micu 14. Austria Paul Luif and Martin Malek 15. Slovenia Jackie Gower 16. Malta Arsalan Alshinawi 17. Cyprus and Greece George Christou 18. Conclusion