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The European Union as Testing Ground for New Diplomatic Approaches

The European Union, because of its lack of an independent military
force, is often presented as a non-existing power (as in the case of the
conflict in the former Yugoslavia). However, any analysis of the foreign
influence of the Union must start from the fact that it is an association
of sovereign states intent on continuing to exercise their influence on
the international scene, but also a supra-national framework operating
as an integrated unit in some fields (single market) and as an intergovernmental
entity in others (foreign policy). The European Union is
establishing itself as a stabilizing force in the Euro-Mediterranean
region. It is also one of the major partners in the regulation of the world.
However, for the Union to become a key player, it must acquire both
its own legitimacy and probably the ability to use force.


Référence électonique : Philippe MOREAU DEFARGES, "The European Union as Testing Ground for New Diplomatic Approaches", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°88, 88 - La politique étrangère aujourd’hui, p.79-92 . Consulté le 2020-02-27 21:14:44 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-European-Union-as-Testing.html