EU – individual legal entity on its own Seat at G-20 Seat at UN Seat WTO o Can negotiate international treaties and foreign policy No war since the EU was created The model the world is following o What is the EU up to? ASEAN and others are thinking about following what they are doing Only NAFTA is like hell no EU major shaper of politics an economies Get EUsed to it….. EEU – Eurasian Economic Union Soviet Union style economic block? Can’t be EU because that would be confused with European Union Europe and Eurasia are continents? o Spanning from Europe to Asia Russia Working to Form an Economic Union Possibly Military Possibly Fiscal Possibly Everything January 1, 2015 – goes live Will affect the 21 st Century If the treaty is signed but think it already is Economic Union o About free trade o Established May 2014 – by treaty Belarus Kazakhstan Russia o Was the next step/ final step for the customs union / free trade area in formation since 1991 when the Soviet Union fell apart o Follow the model of the EU Wants more political integration like EU Free movement of people Organized policy among members Free trade minimal o Free movement of goods, services, capital, and workforce o Common policies
Energy Heavy industry Agriculture Transport Communications o Freedom of movement of workforce Some think it should be more o More/full political o More military integration Probably Putin Closer to Soviet Union EU kind of like old Soviet Union o No communist baggage Pushed really hard by Putin o USA assumes it is Putin’s brain child Breakup of Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe because it left millions of ethnically Russians outside of Russia o Economic integration has been happening ever since the break up of the soviet union when it fell apart in 1991 USSR dissolved and became 15 central Asian states at the stroke of a pen. They were all part of a singular economic system. Russia was the center of the soviet union This could not be undone over night o Leaders of states said we have to keep working together o Russia agreed o 1994 Commonwealth of independent states Tried to smooth over the dissolution of the Soviet Union o Putin might use this as a way to rebuild Russian power Get the old club back together again It will be better for us financially Is this a subtle way to pull entities and people back to Russia? o We don’t know o Re-establishing Russian power Possibly empire building Alternative block from the EU and Team West Really what the Ukraine situation is all about Russia intervention here “interfering”/”bullying” pulling people back in to work with it rather than team west.
- Fall '08
- European Union, Trade bloc, Europe, Trade Block