Talking with the World

Simon J. Nuttall

in European Political Co-operation

Published in print July 1992 | ISBN: 9780198273189
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684005 | DOI:
Talking with the World

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This chapter discusses the perception that the European Political Co-operation (EPC) is introspective. Members States were often seen as being more intent on reaching a common position from the starting point of divergent national positions rather than projecting the common position once it has been reached. This may be attributed to the absence of a permanent spokesperson who will convey EPC positions and policies to third countries. To address issues concerning third countries, the EPC invented whatever procedures seemed most appropriate as each case arose, in the first instance with Turkey and the U.S. This ad hoc approach continued until a hierarchy of formulas for dialogues was introduced.

Keywords: European Political Co-operation; introspective; political co-operation; third countries; Turkey; U.S. international relations

Chapter.  4455 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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