The Development of the European Union as an International Actor

  • Mario Telò


In 50 years, western Europe has moved from a vision of itself which was primarily concerned with internal integration issues to one which entails a comprehensive and dynamic approach of the EU’s role in the governance of the partially globalized world. While there is still a clear gap between the significance of Europe in international economics and trade as compared to its political role on the world scene, the EU is, nonetheless, more than simply a sophisticated workshop of regional integration. Moreover, it promotes aspects of this historically successful experience through the influence it exerts and its interregional relations with other continents. As we argued earlier, the future of new regionalism and the role of the EU are now decisive and interdependent variables in the creation both of an improved multilateral regulatory system for the partially globalized world and of a more stable international order capable of reducing the uncertainties of the post-cold war era.


Member State Foreign Policy International Actor Global Governance External Relation 
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  • Mario Telò
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  1. 1.Brussels Free University, ULBBelgium

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