Putin's Eurasian Union - potential partners waver over joining

The Eurasian Union will increase the number of legal migrants to Russia (photo: dpa)
The Eurasian Union will increase the number of legal migrants to Russia (photo: dpa)

Moscow is banking on the growing strength of the Customs Union, a trade bloc between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, and its evolution into the Eurasian Union to reaffirm its role as the regional superpower and challenger to the European Union. But it remains to be seen whether Moscow can pull together a union of seemingly unwilling partners. This report considers whether the Eurasian Union has a future and whether, ultimately, it would be a serious contender to the European Union - politically or economically.

MOSCOW is to host the first meeting of a working group to discuss the creation of a Eurasian Union parliament and its location.

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