Ukraine and the Disenchantment of Europe


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Title Ukraine and the Disenchantment of Europe
Author Petersson, Bo ; Stokholm Banke, Cecilie
Editor Persson, Hans-Åke ; Petersson, Bo ; Stokholm Banke, Cecilie
Date 2015
English abstract
In their chapter, “Ukraine and the Disenchantment of Europe”, Bo Petersson and Cecilie Stokholm Banke take up the current and acute situation between the EU, Russia and Ukraine, asking if Russia with its behavior and attitude towards Europe indeed will come to act as the ’other’ and eventually give the EU new momentum as a project. By analyzing the way the Crimean crisis from early on was framed with historical references both by Western commentators, politicians and historians , but indeed also by Vladimir Putin, the authors show how present the past is in this crisis. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its heavy-handed de facto involvement in the civil war in eastern Ukraine has severely challenged the European normative order as defined by the EU tenets of democracy, human rights and respect for national sovereignty. It shows how Russia aspires to define its own norms and implement them on behalf of Europe. This has led to the deepest political crisis between Russia, on the one hand, and the United States and the EU, on the other, since the Cold War. As recently argued by the American historian Timothy Snyder, the Russian government designated in 2013 for the first time the European Union as an adversary: ”In its media and indeed in official foreign policy pronouncements it has characterized the European Union as ‘decadent’, in the sense of being about to disintegrate”(Snyder 2014). This reflects the traditional Russian disdain for weakness and points towards a Russian allegation that the EU is a mere illusion only reflecting the policies and preferences of the United States. It may well be, argue Petersson and Stokholm Banke, that the weakness of the European Union as perceived by the Russian government can come to serve as a future raison d’etre for the EU, providing the Union with new vitality and strength of appeal.
Publisher Universus Academic Press
Host/Issue Playing second fiddle : contending visions of Europe's future development
ISBN 978-91-87439-12-4
Pages 175-187
Language eng (iso)
Subject Europe
European Union
Russian politics
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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