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The External Relations of the European Union


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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The EU in the Asia-Pacific Region: Strategic Approach or Self-marginalization?



The EU in the Asia-Pacific Region

Strategic Approach or Self-marginalization?


Asia Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) Berlin

Historically, Europe and Asia were connected through trade routes, and especially the Silk Road which brought goods from China through Central Asia to Europe. Relations between Europe and Asia became more intense as European powers began exploring the seas, establishing colonies, including in Asia. Despite this colonial past, Europe has not played a central role in the region since the end of the Second World War. Economic relations and interests have been dominating European goals in Asia (and vice versa).

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