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Introduction

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Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)

Abstract

This book reviews the external affairs of the European Union (EU) from a very distinct perspective. Different from existing literature on the EU’s international role, we seek to find moral and ethical arguments and justifications on which the Union ought to base its global policies. We ask, in other words, what ethical foundations might there be for developing a larger role for the EU in regional politics and global governance or, conversely, what moral factors could potentially limit the scope of the EU’s external ambitions? What should or should not the EU do in international arenas and, above all, why? By posing these questions we hope to open new avenues of research within the already rich and inspiring literature on the EU’s global role. In addition, the book seeks to put forward a set of moral principles which we hope could function as practical guidelines for the formulation of EU activities in international affairs.

Keywords

Corporate Social Responsibility European Union Foreign Policy World Trade Organisation European Identity 
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