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Sovereignty and Integration "Russia in Global Affairs". № 2, April - June 2007

The main lesson from the past 50 years of European history shows that a nation’s involvement in the ongoing integration process does not necessarily cause it to lose its sovereignty.

Timofei Bordachev, Cand. Sc. (Politics), is Research Director of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, Director of the Center for Comprehensive International and European Studies of the Department of International Economics and International Politics of the State University–Higher School of Economics, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs.

The main lesson from the past 50 years of European history shows that a nation’s involvement in the ongoing integration process does not necessarily cause it to lose its sovereignty. However, the next few decades may prove that a country outside the integration process that declares its sovereignty can in effect lose these rights.

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