Europe, Diplomacy, and Development: New Issues in EU Relations with Developing Countries

Europe, Diplomacy, and Development: New Issues in EU Relations with Developing Countries

Europe, Diplomacy, and Development: New Issues in EU Relations with Developing Countries

Europe, Diplomacy, and Development: New Issues in EU Relations with Developing Countries

Synopsis

This book examines the EU as an international actor, and assesses the role of human rights, sustainable development, humanitarian assistance, and aid coherence and complementarity as important elements of EU policies towards developing countries. The book assembles essays within an innovative multi-disciplinary framework and will be of interest to those concerned with international relations, diplomacy, law, economics, and European studies.

Excerpt

The European Union (EU) is a global player. Together, the fifteen Member States acting through common institutions have a distinctive and pervasive influence on diplomacy, aid and trade throughout the world. the eu is primarily a civilian power, accounting for almost half of world trade and nearly one-third of world output. Its Member States contribute more than 45 per cent of the capital of the World Bank and its views and policies, often expressed inelegantly as ‘common positions’, increasingly shape the prospects for peace and prosperity throughout the world. the eu is not a ‘superpower’ in the sense of the usa, whose interests tend to be involved in all issues throughout the world and whose policies touch the well-being of almost all the populations of the globe. Nevertheless, since the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, only the eu and the usa influence all aspects of the architecture of international cooperation and the diplomacy of development.

The eu is both the principal market for exports from developing countries and the main source of financial and technical assistance. the eu is a significant international actor in development cooperation. in the new millennium the eu is confronted by some very important questions, which include: To what extent will the eu make aid and trade concessions conditional on respect for human rights and the operation of democratic principles? How effectively will the eu implement policies in developing countries to promote sustainable development? How far can the Member States and the eu institutions coordinate their bilateral and multilateral aid programmes for the benefit of the recipients, especially in the realm of humanitarian assistance? What will be the impact of globalisation on eu aid and trade diplomacy? These important questions will command high priority from the Member States, the members of the European Commission and the European Parliament during the early years of the twenty-first century.

As the range and depth of eu common policies develop, so too does the scope of eu influence internationally. the common commercial policy was the initial base for eu diplomacy in business and trade, enabling it to exert decisive influence on the Uruguay Round of international trade negotiations and to be one of the principal architects of . . .

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