The European Union has struggled with various dilemmas and problems for nearly 50 years and in every step of its integration. But its successes can be attributed to one key feature that Eurasian Union lacks—the desire and willingness of each member to share responsibility and to delegate power.The apparent loss of Ukraine and social dangers of integration with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan leave Russia only with the current members of its Customs Union—Belarus and Kazakhstan. But neither President Lukashenko, nor President Nazarbayev, who have ruled their countries for nineteen and twenty-three years respectively, are inclined to sacrifice their patiently gathered powers on the altar of an unknown leviathan.
Why Putin Can't Sell the Eurasian Dream
former Soviet glory) chose to move forward with strengthening trade ties with the EU, notwithstanding Putin’s claims that doing so would be “suicidal.”The National Interest explains why Putin’s Eurasian Union project was doomed from the start: