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On Europe’s Fringes: Russia, Turkey and the European Union 31 juillet 2011

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Chatham House Briefing Papers (UK) July 2011, REP/EP BP 2011/01, 16 pages
The Royal Institute of International Affairs

Philip Hanson

Russia and Turkey, significant powers on the fringes of the European Union, both have awkward relations with Brussels.

As Russia’s and Turkey’s strength becomes greater and the EU’s declines, the relationships between them will increasingly involve political as well as economic factors.

Turkey is economically and politically closer to Europe than Russia is, while Russia’s relationship with Europe mainly consists of a mutual energy dependency.

Russia’s unpredictable business environment remains a key constraint on its deeper integration with the EU. The Turkish economy faces challenges, but Turkey has a much better business environment than Russia.

The EU’s own economic deficiencies suggest that it needs to remain circumspect in dealing with both countries. But Turkey, in particular, should be considered more of a foreign policy partner.

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