The success of the project is not guaranteed. Firstly, there has to be some evidence that member states will actually benefit economically. There are still many questions about how best to harmonise the national economies of the various member states. Secondly, Russia’s apparent willingness to limit its own powers must be proven to be consistent and long-term. This includes understanding that the process of national identity is now in full swing in the former Soviet republics and there is little appetite to once again relinquish their sovereignty.
Canan Atilgan, Gabriele Baumann, Alexander Brakel, Claudia Crawford, Jakov Devcic, Amos Helms, International Reports, Berlin, Feb. 7, 2014
Editor: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.