Edited by Lucyna Czechowska, Andriy Tyushka, Agata Domachowska, Karolina Gawron-Tabor and Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska
Chapter 8: A marriage of convenience? The EU–India reluctant strategic partnership
Some significant similarities in values and the democratic system itself as well as an extraordinary number of common bodies and dialogues notwithstanding, the relationship between the European Union and India lends itself to a rather unenthusiastic qualification as a static, reluctant and even disappointing bilateralism. Both actors seem to acknowledge one another’s status as major international players, but cannot reach the cohesion about one another’s role (to be) played in shaping contemporary international affairs. The first question that this chapter seeks to address is how the interplay of (largely weak) strategic goals and roles convergence has so far shaped partners’ cooperation willingness. It also examines two foundations of trust between the partners: mutual understanding and respect. Moreover, the chapter provides a detailed analysis of factors that determine actors’ cooperation sustainability and offers insights into why the highly potential Indo-European partnership has so far ranked amongst the world’s most disappointing underachievers.
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