The book further shows the significance of the institutional interplay within the EU, and between EU institutions, member states and external actors led by their own internal dynamics to explain policy outcomes. It investigates to what extent the perceptions of the international community towards the European Communities and the EU have been influenced by the complexity of their decision-making and the difficulty of reconciling the views of member states on key external relations issues. The authors also study the interplay of non-EU countries and the EU within the broader context of international and regional institutions and forums for international cooperation.
EU Enlargement: A Success but Never a Simple Question of Time
The Most Successful Policy of the EU
A Success but Never a Simple Question of Time
H.E. David DALY
Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Australia and New Zealand from 2009 to 2013
European foreign policy is an area that has seen more than its share of transformations over the years and certainly more than I personally expected to see when I started out in my career with the European Union. Thus, a book which brings together so many of the threads of the evolution of institutions and individuals in response to a changing world and context in Europe is a very useful addition to the literature in this sector. It is a great privilege for me to be asked to contribute to this volume and in so doing, share something of my own perception and experiences of what have been, by any reckoning, an extraordinary twenty years. In this chapter, I hope to offer some insights into the process of enlargement, an area with which I have had a long and, I hope, fruitful involvement.
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