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European Union Diplomacy

Coherence, Unity and Effectiveness - With a Foreword by Herman Van Rompuy


Edited By Dieter Mahncke and Sieglinde Gstöhl

This volume looks at the changing goals and instruments of European Union diplomacy and examines the reforms of the Lisbon Treaty and their effects on the unity and coherence of EU external action.
The authors analyse institutional questions, particularly about the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the role of other EU actors in European foreign policy, and explore recent examples of EU multilateral, bilateral and unilateral diplomacy as well as the external perspective of third actors.
The study concludes by investigating the current and future training of the Union’s diplomats, which aims to prepare them for an effective EEAS. Will the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty reforms make the EU fit for the future? Can a common European foreign policy ensure that European interests are taken into consideration and that European values shape international relations? Will the European Union be an actor or an object on the international stage in the coming decades?


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FOREWORD 9 - Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council


9 Foreword Herman VAN ROMPUY President of the European Council This book is a timely publication about an important subject: the first experiences and results of the European Union as a diplomatic actor under the Lisbon Treaty. With it being almost two years since the Treaty’s entry into force, can we already judge the success of the Euro- pean External Action Service and other innovations on the international stage, or is it still – paraphrasing Zhou Enlai’s quote about the French Revolution – “too early to say”? The authors of this book provide valuable insights on the overall changes in the Union’s external relations in a changing global land- scape. They also offer interesting case studies on pieces of the puzzle, like the setting-up of the EEAS or the ultimately successful effort to give the EU an enhanced status at the United Nations. The book’s focus is on the High Representative’s office, and rightly so. Catherine Ashton gives EU diplomacy an ever more assertive role in the world: personally bringing the Kosovars and Serbians around the table, negotiating on the Union’s behalf with Iran, taking the initiative in the Middle East Peace Process as our representative in the Quartet. These are considerable achievements. I am well aware that, as first incumbent of the new post of perma- nent President of the European Council, I, too, am in a way an object of research in these pages. So let me just offer a few remarks about my first twenty months in office, hoping...

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