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Normative Power, EU Preferences and Russia. Lessons from the Russian-Georgian War


  • Florent Parmentier

    (Centre Européen in Sciences Po, Paris)


The Russian-Georgian conflict of August 2008 proves to be a useful case in order to understand the functioning of the EU as a normative power in times of crisis. The core of the article is focused on the six EU major countries – Germany, France, Great-Britain, Italy, Poland and Spain – which embody different sets of preferences, and the way they want to deal with Russia. In the end, it tries to understand how preferences are linked with norms in that geopolitical context.

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  • Florent Parmentier, 2009. "Normative Power, EU Preferences and Russia. Lessons from the Russian-Georgian War," European Political Economy Review, European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium, vol. 9(Autumn), pages 49-61.
  • Handle: RePEc:epe:journl:v:9:y:2009:i:autumn:p:49-61

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    1. Natalie Tocci, 2008. "The EU and Conflict Resolution in Turkey and Georgia: Hindering EU Potential Through the Political Management of Contractual Relations," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46, pages 875-897, September.
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