The three centers of power Brussels, Moscow and Washington moved together. Based on the essential democracy model, a prospering economy emerges which ranges from the Atlantic to the Ural and beyond. The main beneficiaries are the Easter EU members who increasingly achieve equal footing with the Western EU members and the other countries of Eastern Europe who take advantage of their bridging function and who develop into internationally successful business locations.

Russia stresses its role as an independent power and attempts to establish a community of states amongst the “close foreign countries”. Most of the Eastern European countries resist these pressures and place themselves under the “Western protection” of NATO and the European Union. This enlarged EU has modern structures and offers a basis for growth and wealth from which Eastern EU members benefit in-particular.

The consolidation of the EU has led to an integrated “Union of 27” where social market economies have been developed with efficient social frameworks. The present eastern border is a common policy guideline and separates the wealthy Eastern EU states from the stagnating part of Eastern Europe. The powerful EU is in a fundamental conflict of interests with the autocratic Russia.

Europe is barely able to keep pace with the geopolitical dynamic and falls behind in the competition with the USA as well as the emerging economies in Asia and South America. In conjunction with a long-lasting recession, the integration process stagnates – the eastern member states also fall behind in the internal competition and are affected by the social crisis. The rest of Eastern Europe remains sidelined despite visible westward orientation.

The charisma of European integration is a thing of the past. The European Union has been consumed by particular interests that particularly effect Eastern Central Europe. Many of the autocratic and economic states of Eastern Europe are no longer oriented toward the West but towards Russia, who assert themselves as a hegemonic power. Europe lets them do as they will as they become increasingly dependent on resources from the East.

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