The EU’s Imperial Foreign Policy

Jürgen Neyer

in The Justification of Europe

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641246
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745591 | DOI:
The EU’s Imperial Foreign Policy

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Chapter Nine takes a closer look at the role of the EU in world politics and asks whether and in how far the EU’s external actions live up to the idea of a justificatory discourse. The idea of EU as ‘empire’ is introduced and further developed by distinguishing between benevolent and ruthless forms of imperialism. After reviewing a number of foreign policy practices, it is shown that the EU’s readiness to apply justificatory practices in foreign policy is far less developed than in domestic policy. For living up to its ambition of being a non-imperial empire, it should take its external effects more seriously and make them an integral component of all future draft legislation.

Keywords: external action; foreign policy; benevolent imperialism; ruthless imperialism

Chapter.  7267 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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