1st Edition

National Perspectives on Russia
European Foreign Policy in the Making?





ISBN 9781138898080
Published May 22, 2015 by Routledge
288 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Biography

Maxine David is a Lecturer in European Politics in the School of Politics at University of Surrey, UK.

Jackie Gower is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, UK.

Hiski Haukkala is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Tampere, Finland.