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Alexander T.J. Lennon and Amanda Kozlowski

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262622189

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262622189.001.0001

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A Weakened EU’s Prospects for Global Leadership

A Weakened EU’s Prospects for Global Leadership

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(p.357) A Weakened EU’s Prospects for Global Leadership
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Global Powers in the 21st Century
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Franco Algieri

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262622189.003.0020

This chapter reveals that a weakened European Union (EU) has been unable to emerge as a global leader in the changing international geopolitical scenario. The EU has made efforts to improve this situation and play a leadership role in international economic and political affairs through the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the European Security and Defence Policy. It has developed these entities to improve its international image and play a more active role in various international affairs, but has failed to expand or integrate the whole of Europe due to objections from France and the Netherlands regarding the constitutional treaty. These countries’ rejection of the EU constitution has weakened it considerably, reducing the EU’s chances of emerging as a global leader in different international affairs affecting Europe and other countries of the region.

Keywords:   EU, global leader, political affairs, international image, France

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