The EU has become an important international actor. Its internal policies often have repercussions far beyond its borders. It is also increasingly becoming a proactive global actor, defending its interests and projecting its norms and values in both bilateral and multilateral external relations.
This volume has a special focus on external economic relations and includes chapters on the Euro, trade policy, and competition policy as well as on specific bilateral relationships. The section on relations with industrialized countries deals with the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan and China, while the section on relations with developing countries has chapters on administrative reform, environmental cooperation, Cuba, Central America and Iran.
The book thus gives an up-to-date overview of important aspects of the EU’s external relations. With a focus on political economy, it traces the continuous interplay of economics and politics that has characterized the EU’s development of a fully-fledged foreign policy. What emerges is a picture of a European Union that is better equipped institutionally to deal with economic, rather than political issues.
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 352 pp., 6 fig.
Contents: Finn Laursen: The EU in the Global Political Economy. Overview of Institutions, Instruments and Relations – Amy
Verdun: The EU as a Global Actor. The Role of EMU and the Euro – Antonis Antoniadis: The EU’s Implied Competence to Conclude
International Agreements after the Reform Treaty. Reformed Enough? – Rafael Leal-Arcas: The European Union and the BRIC Countries.
Unilateralism, Bilateralism and Multilateralism – Christian Marfels/James Sawler: The Significance of EU Merger Policy in
the Global Economy and the Persistence of the Criterion of Dominance – Declan Walsh: Is the United States Facing Competition
from Europe? – Osvaldo Croci/Livianna Tossutti: Canada and the European Union. A Story of Unrequited Attraction – Jerome D.
Davis: Natural Gas and EU Energy Security. Russian-EU ‘Co-Dependency’? – Finn Laursen: The EU and Japan. What Happened to
the Persistent Trade Deficit? – Jing Men: Building a Long-Term EU-China Partnership – Stephen Dearden: Delivering the EU’s
Development Policy. Policy Evolution and Administrative Reform – Yanna Gutiérrez Franco/José Manuel Martínez Sierra: EU Environmental
Cooperation with Developing Countries – Joaquín Roy: Spain Takes the Lead in EU Policy towards Cuba – Peter Abrahamson: European
Union Influence on Central American Integration. The Case of the Coming Association Agreement – Colette Mazzucelli: E3 Diplomacy
with Iran. Reaching the Limits of the European Union as a Global Actor.