European union emulation in the design of integration

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The construction of modern Eurasia in general and of post-Soviet economic integration in particular has been a complex and often confusing process. Seeking to adequately capture and explain its nature and determinants requires the consideration of various legacies, ideas and interests. This chapter will highlight the extent to which the European Union (EU) has served as a model in the design and development of Eurasian integration. Recent developments in EU-Russia’s ‘common neighbourhood’ have brought to a head the new rivalry between the EU and the Eurasian project. Yet we argue that the understanding of region-building in Eurasia as well as the nature of the normative contestation needs to account for the striving to be ‘similar to the EU’.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Eurasian Project and Europe
Subtitle of host publicationRegional Discontinuities and Geopolitics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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