[Marxism] What's new at Links: Pakistan, Right to choose, Bosnia, Ukraine, Italy &Tsipras, Boris Kagarslitsky, Venezuela, Capital, Michael Lebowitz, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Rwanda

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 18 06:16:06 MDT 2014

On 4/17/14 11:08 PM, glparramatta wrote:
> By *Roger Annis*
> April 15, 2014 -- Moves by the Ukraine government to crack down on
> protests against its rule in the east of the country appear to have
> quickly faltered and backfired. Protest actions are widening.
>   * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3808>

"Russia’s leaders have taken the refounded country along a capitalist 
path. They have also resisted the efforts of the US and Europe to 
penetrate and dominate the economies of eastern Europe and the republics 
of the former Soviet Union."


11/25/2010 11:44 AM

'From Lisbon to Vladivostok'
Putin Envisions a Russia-EU Free Trade Zone

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin would like to see a free trade 
agreement between the European Union and Russia. In a Thursday editorial 
for a German newspaper, he describes his vision of "a unified 
continental market with a capacity worth trillions of euros."

No more tariffs. No more visas. Vastly more economic cooperation between 
Russia and the European Union. That's the vision presented by Russian 
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in an editorial contribution to the German 
daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Thursday.

"We propose the creation of a harmonious economic community stretching 
from Lisbon to Vladivostok," Putin writes. "In the future, we could even 
consider a free trade zone or even more advanced forms of economic 
integration. The result would be a unified continental market with a 
capacity worth trillions of euros."

The proposal comes as Putin travels to Germany on Thursday for a two-day 
visit, including a Friday meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. 
On Wednesday, Russia and the EU reached an important agreement on the 
elimination of tariffs on raw materials such as wood. The deal was an 
important prerequisite for the EU dropping its opposition to Russian 
membership in the World Trade Organization. Moscow is hoping to become a 
member in 2011.

Putin, though, as his Thursday proposal makes clear, envisions more. 
"The current state of cooperation between Russia and the EU is not 
consistent with the challenges that we face," he writes. "To transform 
the situation, we need to take advantage of the advantages which already 
exist and the possibilities for progress in the EU and Russia."

A 'New Wave of Industrialization'

In addition to the establishment of closer economic ties between the EU 
and Russia, Putin also envisions close cooperation on industrial policy. 
"In my view, we need to address the question as to how we can trigger a 
new wave of industrialization across the European continent." In 
particular, Putin mentions ship, automobile and airplane construction, 
space technology, pharmaceuticals and medical technology and nuclear energy.

Putin also proposes much closer collaboration when it comes to energy. 
"In recent years, cooperation on energy issues between Russia and the EU 
has attracted much attention and, to be honest, has been much too 
politicized." He would like to see European and Russian firms working 
together "from exploration and exploitation of energy resources all the 
way to the delivery to consumers."

The offer is a sharp about-face from just five years ago when Gazprom 
first opened itself up to outside investment. But the vision is likely 
to take a hit this week. One of the topics on the agenda for the meeting 
between Putin and Merkel is the German energy giant E.on's intention to 
sell its 3.5 percent stake in Gazprom in order to concentrate on Asian 
and South American markets. E.on is the largest foreign stakeholder in 
the Russian natural gas company.

'Fifty Years into the Future'

Putin also proposed much closer cooperation when it comes to research 
and high-tech projects. "European science and education must secure its 
leadership position," he wrote. "That is affordable through a close 
partnership." An important step to achieving that partnership, he 
continues, is eliminating the visa requirement for travel between Russia 
and EU member states.

"The renewed principles of our cooperation could be anchored in the 
partnership agreement between the EU and Russia, an accord which is 
currently under negotiation. We should approach this treaty from a 
strategic perspective. We should try to think 20, 30, even 50 years into 
the future."

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