Conclusion: Valuing principles in European Union foreign policy

Sonia Lucarelli, Ian Manners

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We have sought to understand how values and principles shape, and are shaped by, EU foreign policy relations with the rest of the world. Nobel peace prize laureate, John Hume, argued that it is the duty of everyone to understand the principles of the EU in order to resolve conflict worldwide. African aid campaigner, Bono, has reversed this argument in order to advocate that addressing the problems of Africa would give the EU a chance to re-describe its values system in a more positive way. Both of these voices from outside of academic debate remind us of the importance of valuing principles in the study of EU foreign policy. To conclude, we will try to value principles by considering what our analysis of EU foreign policy tells us about the EU as a normative political and social system. As stated at the outset, this book was aimed at providing some answers to these under-researched questions of the relationships between values, principles, foreign policy, the international identity of the EU (i.e. the way in which the EU is constituted, constructed and represented internationally), and the political identity of the Europeans.
TitelValues and Principles in European Union Foreign Policy
Antal sider14
ISBN (Trykt)978-0-415-46002-6
StatusUdgivet - 2006
Udgivet eksterntJa

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