In the aftermath of the recent NATO summit in Bucharest, there is a growing sense in the European policy community that the continent needs to effectively deal with its biggest neighbour Russia, EUobserver.com reports.
“The EU and Russia are both here to stay: Europeans ought to decide how they want to approach the latter. Expectations of European-style transformation in Russia reveal as little understanding of the country as Moscow has for the EU. Normalisation of relations with Russia, however, is more achievable than commonly thought. It requires clearer heads, and a more harmonious tune in Europe”, Alexandros Petersen and Raffaello Pantucci write for the EUobserver.com.