Putin proposes Russia-EU union

marcellus

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http://www.effedieffe.com/index.php...russia-eu-union&catid=35:worldwide&Itemid=152

Ahead of his two-day visit to Germany, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has projected a vision of a 'harmonious economic community stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok' in reaction to the economic crisis. Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, said she will "pour some cold water" on the idea.
Writing in German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Thursday (25 November), Mr Putin argued that more integration between Russia and the EU and even a "common contintental market" would allow them to overcome the effects of the crisis and prevent a new one from emerging.

"We should be frank about it: The global economic crisis has revealed both Russia and the EU to be economically very vulnerable," Mr Putin wrote.

Russia is still too dependent on its oil and gas exports, he argued, while the EU has lost its competitive edge in the world through its de-industrialisation policy.

A "harmonious economic community stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok" would imply strategic alliances in key industries, such as shipbuilding, car manufacturing, space exploration and the pharmaceutical industry.

"In my view, we need to address the question as to how we can trigger a new wave of industrialisation across the European continent," he wrote.

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There will be no new wave of industrialisation across the European continent. All industry will be in China if nobody is working against the present trend.
Harmonisation between Russia and EU would be good for both, Russia is a nation in Europe.
 

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There will be no new wave of industrialisation across the European continent. All industry will be in China if nobody is working against the present trend.
Harmonisation between Russia and EU would be good for both, Russia is a nation in Europe.
keep one eye open..
 

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Euro is Suicide for Russia. Stick with the rubble. You dont see Mexico joining the U.S Dollar do you? The Peso is making them really poor.
 

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Russia is covertly trying to restore its relevance in the world stage. Having lost its former client states in Eastern Europe to Nato, Putin's strategists are working overboard to regain leverage on the world stage against the US especially when sanctions bite. It will also legitimize Russia's occupation of Crimea.
 
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One of the reasons why EU was formed ,is to prevent a European war. It has succeeded in giving Europe 70 years of peace. Whether Russia joining would help is debatable. I think even without Russia membership the EU will expand> So many countries like Turkey want to join.
 
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