Understanding the European Union's External Relations

Understanding the European Union's External Relations

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The European Union is one of the world's biggest economies. However, its role as an international actor is ambiguous and it's not always able to transform its political power into effective external policies. The development of an 'assertive' European Union challenges the image of an internal project aimed at economic integration and international relations theories based on unitary state actors. This book systematically links the EU's external relations to existing political theories, showing how existing theories need to be modified in order to deal with specific characteristics of the EU as an international actor.9 Interviews with officials at DGIII andthe General Secretary of EDIG. ... 11 Lars Gissler, Vice President, Saab Aerospace Strategy, Saab AB, Conference at SIPRI, 13 October 2000. ... Aerospace agreedto merge their space activities into a new company, Astrium (Aviation Week aamp;Space Technology, 25 October 1999, and 5 June 2000). ... If Finmeccanica enters into Airbus a transatlantic problem iscreated.

Title:Understanding the European Union's External Relations
Author:Michèle Knodt, Sebastiaan Princen
Publisher:Routledge - 2003-09-02


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