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The External Relations of the European Union

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Pascaline Winand, Andrea Benvenuti and Max Guderzo

The book analyses the attitudes of non-EU countries towards European integration in historical and contemporary perspectives. The authors study a range of actors in Europe and beyond to explain the impact of the creation of the European Communities on the international system and how the EU is perceived in the world.
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.
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From Trade Conflicts to “Global Partners”: Japan and the EEC 1970-1978

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From Trade Conflicts to “Global Partners”

Japan and the EEC 1970-1978

Dr Hitoshi SUZUKI

University of Niigata Prefecture

Japan and Europe should widen, expand and increase the contacts between each other, not only between national governments, but also at the levels of academic, business, information exchange and public affairs. […] My intention of visiting Europe was to search for a new cooperative relationship with an old friend of ours.1

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