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By Simon Duke

This ebook considers the crucial demanding situations dealing with the ecu Union, which has been buffeted via a sequence of profound crises, either inner and exterior. those diversity from the way forward for Ukraine, the Union’s reactions to China’s ‘One Belt, One highway’ initiative, the right way to aid stabilize international locations to its south, and kinfolk with the U.S.. The middle argument is that the ecu lacks a meta-narrative which may point out priorities and linkages among some of the continental, neighborhood, nationwide and thematic techniques. for that reason, the ecu frequently seems to be a complicated or even contradictory actor to many foreign companions. based on those demanding situations the ecu must increase a deeper feel of strategic wisdom and self assurance in order that it can supply a extra convincing reaction to basic questions about the Union’s position, objective and id in a altering global.

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Emerging powers such as Brazil and China understandably wondered why they should pay to help rescue a continent which is proving unable to get its act together even though it has the resources to do so—let alone why they should listen to its lectures about regionalism and good governance. The often faltering responses to the financial and the sovereign debt crises led to a series of reforms, including the idea of a banking union that remains only half-formulated. During this time of introversion, the world moved on, and quite dramatically too—especially since the so-called global financial crisis was primarily one of the Western world and that constrained the Asian economies far less.

It was built upon a conscious rejection of the modern system that led to nationalism and often war. For Cooper, it moved beyond a system and approached an order, in the sense that it was highly structured by treaties and organizations. In this quasi-order, organized mutual interference is not only tolerated but is key to limiting national sovereignty. In foreign policy, post-modernism implied the ‘continuation of domestic concerns beyond national boundaries and not vice versa. Individual consumption replaces collective glory as the dominant theme of national life.

The Dutch and Spanish strategies tend to be discursive and, in places, almost theoretical. The Hungarian and Slovenian strategies revolve around a standard list of threats or challenges. The Baltic states and a number of central European members (including Poland) tend to be local in orientation. Others are simply out of date, like Greece or Italy, in their approaches. Finally, some eschew the idea of a more or less formal strategy in favour of cobbled-together statements 42 S. DUKE by ministers (Austria, Malta and Luxembourg).

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