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New Europe, New World?

The European Union, Europe and the Challenges of the 21 st Century

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Alfonso Martínez Arranz, Natalie J. Doyle and Pascaline Winand

The EU has long played a central role in promoting economic prosperity and political stability in Europe. With twenty-seven countries, it is a powerful trade negotiator and is seen by many as a growing force for global security and welfare. But does the EU giant have feet of clay? Is it recognized as a legitimate political and social project by its own citizens? How well does it respond to global challenges, such as environmental degradation and terrorism? How successful is it in projecting its image as a promoter of human rights, of conflict prevention, social justice, development cooperation, environmental protection and multilateralism?
This volume contributes to the debate about the changing face of Europe and the way it works, not just internally, but also with the rest of the world. It first explores the merits of fostering inclusive multicultural citizenship and religious pluralism in Europe, the necessity of reinventing the EU from below, and the urgency of addressing EU internal migration problems. It then examines the new role of the EU in world politics and how other countries view it in terms of hard and soft power. Can the EU inspire by its development aid, conflict prevention, social and audiovisual policies? How efficient is it in exporting security to the rest of the world? The final chapters deal with the EU in the Asia Pacific region.

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Acknowledgements The project that led to this volume grew out of a conference organ- ised jointly by the Monash European and EU Centre and the Austral- asian Centre for Italian Studies in 2007. We benefited from the generos- ity and support of the French Embassy to Australia through the Alliance fran9aise de Melbourne, the Delegation of the European Commission to Australia, the Grollo Ruzzene Foundation and the Cassamarca Founda- tion. This book is funded by both Monash University and the European Commission of the European Union (DG Relex). 1 would also like to thank the Deputy Director of the Monash European and EU Centre, Natalie J. Doyle, who did much of the initial work in getting this confer- ence off the ground, as well as the conference organizing committee, including professors from the Faculties of Arts, Business and Econom- ics and Law at Monash University. My warmest thanks go to the Administrator of the Monash European and EU Centre, Amanda Crichton, for her devotion and hard work in preparing the conference and to all the students who gave generously of their time to help us. A special "thank you" also to Alfonso Martinez Arranz for having done much of the earlier editing for this book. Fi- nally, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my husband, Cormac McMahon, for his excellent work in preparing the final manuscript, and to my children for their patience and forbearance. Pascaline Winand Melbourne 13

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