Conclusion: The Global Responsibility of the European Union: From Principles to Policy
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First, and primarily, we have sought to go beyond the simple assumptions that tend to shape the foreign policies of the European Union. We have wanted to question the often unsubstantiated wishes to make the Union an ever more important global actor and the more or less hollow rhetoric generally accompanying these wishes. We have not argued, however, that the EU should try to minimise its international role, but instead emphasised that whatever that role will be, it should be a result of conscious, careful political assessments — assessments that should, ideally, involve an ethical component. We have sought to find out, why, why on earth, the EU should take certain action and refrain from others in today’s world.
KeywordsForeign Policy Global Community Full Membership Legitimate Expectation External Affair
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