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Security in a Greater EuropeThe Possibility of a Pan-European Approach$
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Charlotte Wagnsson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078828

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078828.001.0001

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Russia and the EU: the need for pragmatism

Russia and the EU: the need for pragmatism

(p.128) 6 Russia and the EU: the need for pragmatism
Security in a Greater Europe

Charlotte Wagnsson

Manchester University Press

This chapter analyses the central rhetorical divergences exposed by case studies which seriously hamper cooperation between Russia and the EU. The divergences appear to mirror deep policy controversies that are tied to existential issues and consequently to the two parties' identities. Given the difficulties in eradicating their basic differences, the chapter suggests that pragmatism is the most plausible way for Russia and the EU to advance their integration in the sphere of security. Increased cooperation on as many issues and levels as possible might boost a kind of neo-functionalism, which might, in the long run, contribute to further rapprochement in the sphere of security.

Keywords:   rhetorical divergences, Russia, EU, pragmatism, security

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