Aldo Ferrari, ISPI Senior Associate Research Fellow and professor at the Ca' Foscari University, presents the new ISPI Studies.
The reactions to the project of Eurasian Union, which was announced by Vladimir Putin after declaring his candidacy to the last presidential elections, have been mainly negative. Some observers have charged him of neo-imperialism, others have expressed their open skepticism about the effectiveness of this proposal. Anyway, the project of a new political integration in the post-Soviet space should be seriously considered, mainly because it could offer a strategic - not only ideological - way of exploiting the paramount opportunities offered to Russia by the dramatic rise of the Far East. However, the implementation of such a project needs a new and “creative” attitude by the Russian leadership, both in the domestic sphere and in the relations with neighboring countries. The Eurasian Union makes sense only if it shows a true power of political, economical and cultural attraction.
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