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The European Community and the World

A Historical Perspective

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Edited By Giuliana Laschi

The European Community (EC) has taken on an outward-looking dimension over the years since its first establishment, developing structures and tools which are unprecedented in the history of international relations.
The original signatories of the Treaty of Rome accepted the idea of a «little» Europe only as a first step towards something that would be much bigger and more powerful; ultimately, they wanted to provide the EC with the international power necessary to realize the idea of the common market.
It is not possible to properly define the EC’s actions towards the rest of the world as «foreign policy» in every case and at every stage of its history; nevertheless, the EC has undoubtedly always played a strong and significant international role, even if this role has been expressed in an unconventional way compared to the international system.
This volume on European spaces and borders provides a meeting-point for a number of very different analyses and interpretations, from a variety of disciplinary, chronological and geopolitical perspectives, and in so doing develops a rich and complex debate.
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EU-India Relations. Partners for Development? (Marta Quintussi)

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Marta QUINTUSSI

India has shown incredible economic growth in the last decade. Despite the current slowdown, the prospects of India’s economic growth are still promising in the long term.1 However, looking at GDP growth shows only a short-sighted representation of India’s development. Economic growth has been accompanied by increasing economic and social disparities. Though progress has been made, a big step forward is needed in order to reach real equality in different fields in India, where it is estimated that about one-third of the population is still living below the poverty line.2

The EU development cooperation policy is based on the European Consensus on Development3, signed on 20 December 2005, which ratifies the agreement of EU Member States, the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission (EC) on a common EU vision of development and reflects the EU’s willingness to eradicate poverty and build a more stable and equitable world. The EU and single member states share a common development policy based on Europe’s democratic values (respect for human rights, democracy, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, good governance, gender equality, solidarity, social justice and effective multilateral action) and aiming at reducing poverty, particularly by focusing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Consensus also specifies the importance of aligning EU development policies with the national development strategies of the aid recipient country.

One of the instruments the EU uses to reach these objectives is strategic alliances with third countries, among them...

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