English translation: unite despite normally opposing views
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English to English translations [PRO] Social Sciences - International Org/Dev/Coop / Union
English term or phrase:cut across
The elites’ reasons for supporting the Union project cut across the national lines. Those who oppose integration with the West can think of the Union as a layer of protection against the West’s pressures. Those who are cautious about integration with the West can argue for the Union as a bulwark of their society, enabling them to approach the broader Euro-Atlantic integration in a more leisurely, less desperate manner. Even among those who fully wish to integrate with the West, many consider this a distant hope, if only by the West’s own choice, and feel that interdependencies justify local integration at present, and local ties and similarities give reason for a more intimate local union within the framework of looser, longer-term integration with the West.
Can't get the exact meaning of 'cut across' here. http://www.answers.com/cut across&r=67
Thanks fo your perfect answer & added notes, David! Your 'Note added at 15 mins' gave me the clue both to understanding as well as to the Russian translation. Thanks for all the answers & comments. 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Explanation: The "cut across" is in the sense of overriding, crossing barriers that normally divide people, nations, classes etc.
Michael Barnett Local time: 07:42 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 4
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Asker: Thanks fo your excellent answer & explanations, Michael! It was very helpful, indeed, but David's one came just a couple of minutes earlier. I always feel uneasy when contradict the popular vote...