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EU External Relations

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Course Description

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The main course objective is to increase the understanding of the international presence of the EU. Emphasis is given on the bilateral and multilateral relations of the EU with countries (US, Japan, BRIC countries) and regional integration schemes (ASEAN, MERCOSUR, African Union) as well as the relationship of the EU with International Organizations (UN, IMF, WTO). Besides the familiarization and better understanding of the international interactions of the EU, the course aims to develop the presentation skills of the students and their capacity to engage in an academic discussion, always under the guidance of the instructor.


Structure and Thematic Areas

The course is structured around three core thematic axes:

1.External relations of the EU: Institutional and policy-making framework

  • Lisbon Treaty: institutional and political innovations – the role of the European President, the High Representative, and the External Action Service
  • European Security Strategy and Global Strategy
  • Parameters affecting EU international relations

2.Bilateral and multilateral relations of the EU:

  • With other countries: US, BRIC countries
  • With international organizations: United Nations, WTO, IMF
  • With regions and regional organizations:Southeastern Asia (ASEAN),Latin America (MERCOSUR), Sub-Saharan Africa (AU)

3.Sectoral policies of the EU:

  • Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy
  • Environment and Energy
  • Immigration, Aid and Development Policies

The course consists of a mixture of lectures and seminars. The first thematic axis is covered by lectures, while the other two are seminar-based with students engaging in 15-minute long presentations followed by discussion. The presentations constitute the basis of further elaboration by the instructor.


 Course Material

The main textbooks used are:

  • Keukeleire, S. and Delreux, T. (2014) (2nd ed.) The Foreign Policy of the European Union (London: Palgrave/ Macmillan).
  • Official EU documentation (European Security Strategy, Global Strategy, Internal Security Strategy, European Agenda on Security).

Given the dynamic nature of the topics covered, students should to follow daily or periodical quality press for latest developments and policy updates.


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