Putin's Eurasian Economic Union: the Other EU

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What does this paragraph describe?:

'[It] introduces the free movement of goods, capital, services and people and provides for common policies in macroeconomic sphere, transport, industry and agriculture, energy, foreign trade and investment, customs, technical regulation, competition and antitrust regulation.

Provisions for a single currency and greater integration are envisioned in future. The union operates through supranational and intergovernmental institutions.

The ... "Supreme Body" of the Union, consisting of the Heads of the Member States. The second level of intergovernmental institutions is represented by the ... Intergovernmental Council (consisting of the Prime Ministers of member states).

The day-to-day work ... is done through the Eurasian Economic Commission (the executive body), which is a supranational body similar to European Commission.

There is also a judicial body – .... .'


This is a paragraph describing the EAEU, the Eurasian Economic Union, comprising of most of the countries of the old Soviet Union, without Ukraine and the Baltic States. There is a definite resemblance to the EU, in fact it is a carbon copy, though economically much smaller.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Economic_Union



This may be another version of Putin's Soviet Union Lite, but it does show the the basic ideas of Economic Unions are "a good idea". In fact, without a globalised world with an expanding need for energy, it is hard to see what possible useful role Russia could play. The suspicion is that Russia sees the EAEU as a new geopolitical sphere to expand into or consolidate. And it does show that making Putin head of the world's Anti-Globalisation forces is a complete nonsense.

Putin has even talked about a future EU-EAEU linkup of some sorts, but it is also clear he sees the EU as a geopolitical rival to his ambitions, and will weaken it as much as possible. Ukraine spuring the union of oligarchs and kelptocrats in favour of the democratic EU was an unforgivable insult.

After Brexit, will Prime Minister Boris Johnson be flying to Moscow for a "free trade deal" with Putin's EAEU? You bet. But let us hear no more about regulated (or "free") multilateral trade being somehow outmoded, with a preference for protectionism . That is turning the clock back to the 1930s, and even the ones already politically back in the 1930s do not want that.
Like the British "Commonwealth" and the French "Community"- it is the ghost of a vanished Empire siting crowned upon it's grave, to paraphrase Hobbes.
 


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Like the British "Commonwealth" and the French "Community"- it is the ghost of a vanished Empire siting crowned upon it's grave, to paraphrase Hobbes.
Wonder if our collection of Russian Bots agree with that.
 

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Looks like Airstrip 2 in 1984.
 

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How Ukraine has become a modern cockpit of Great Power politics, between the EU and Putin's EAEU, kicked off by the 2014 Maidan REvolution, whose outcome Putin seeks to reverse.

The EAEU is not a joke, but is consolidating and making trade agreements. Putin's wish to undermine the EU and facilitate far-right politicians makes a lot of sense in this context.

Rudy Giuliani recently pulled out of a conference sponsored by the EAEU. These links to Great Powers explain the background to Trump's #Ukraine scandal.
 

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Vladimir Putin on European Integration:

'An economically sound and balanced partnership between the Eurasian Union and EU can change the geopolitical and geo- economic situation of the entire continent and have a positive impact globally."

"It took the Europeans 40 years to get from the European coal and steel community to the fully fledged European Union. The formation of the [Eurasian] Unified Economic Space and Customs Union is proceeding much more dynamically because it is learning from the experience of the EU and other regional organisations."

"Membership in the Eurasian Union, apart from direct economic benefits, will enable its members to integrate into Europe faster and from a much stronger position."


What's not to like there? A vision of a continent united, from Lisbon to Vladivostok. All the Putinistas can emigrate to St Petersburg to live in their idyllic country.

Thanks, Torygraph!

Vladimir Putin's Eurasian Union: excerpts
Comecon mark II.
Nothing new here really; just a re-run of the CCCP.
 

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Comecon mark II.
Nothing new here really; just a re-run of the CCCP.
It is literally "Putin's EU", but with coercion to join up, such as Ukraine experienced.

Of course, no hypocritical anti-EU Putinista will admit it.
 


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