Understanding the European Union's External Relations by MICHELE KNODT, SEBASTIAAN PRINCEN

By MICHELE KNODT, SEBASTIAAN PRINCEN

The ecu Union is without doubt one of the world's greatest economies. although, its function as a global actor is ambiguous and it is not consistently in a position to rework its political energy into powerful exterior rules. the advance of an 'assertive' eu Union demanding situations similar to an inner undertaking aimed toward fiscal integration and diplomacy theories in accordance with unitary nation actors. This publication systematically hyperlinks the EU's exterior family members to latest political theories, displaying how current theories must be converted with the intention to take care of particular features of the european as a world actor.

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Howorth 2000). Combined, the disunity in this core of Western Europe along with a stringent US focus on global terrorism will incite most European states to balance between ‘ordinary great national power’ and ‘self-indulgence in self-absorption,’ as Stanley Hoffmann once noted in relation to a united Germany (1995:298). Institutions, policy and resources Why bother to analyse EU policy and resources if the underlying political cohesion is absent? Indeed, why even question that cohesion is a problem?

Posen 1984; Rosecrance and Stein 1993). 5 It should be emphasized that ‘strategic’ here, with reference to the literature of strategic studies, refers to an actor capable of using military force in its external action. Some people use the concept of ‘strategy’ to refer to rational-instrumental behaviour, as when an actor applies means to obtain a goal, and ‘communities’—as I define them here—can thus be thought of as strategic. However, as noted, ‘strategic’ in this analysis refers to action involving military means as an instrument of coercion (whether applied or threatened).

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