Formal and Informal Institutions
Edited By Assel Tutumlu and Gaye Güngör
“The European Union as a (Global) Security Provider: From “Old” to “New” Regionalism?” Ana Isabel Xavier
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Ana Isabel Xavier1
The European Union as a (Global) Security Provider: From “Old” to “New” Regionalism?2
The European Union (EU) is frequently perceived as a multilateral organisation with a strong regional dimension, both through privileged partnerships3 and a strategic cooperation policy towards the Eastern European and the Mediterranean countries sustained by the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).4 In fact, ensuring that the founding values and interests are preserved at the global level, the EU has produced the most advanced model of integration (Cameron 2010), offering a set of policies and norms that contribute to legitimizing its normative model. With the European Treaties and Institutions’ legitimacy, the instruments and mechanisms were enhanced in order to define its capacity and to engage political leaders to recognise the EU as a strategic global player and a valid setter of norms and values, both internally and abroad. ← 49 | 50 →
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