By Simon Duke
This e-book considers the important demanding situations dealing with the eu Union, which has been buffeted via a sequence of profound crises, either inner and exterior. those diversity from the way forward for Ukraine, the Union’s reactions to China’s ‘One Belt, One street’ initiative, how one can support stabilize nations to its south, and kinfolk with the us. The center argument is that the european lacks a meta-narrative which may point out priorities and linkages among a few of the continental, nearby, nationwide and thematic options. hence, the ecu frequently seems to be a complicated or even contradictory actor to many foreign companions. in accordance with those demanding situations the european must advance a deeper experience of strategic know-how and self assurance in order that it might provide a extra convincing reaction to basic questions on the Union’s function, goal and id in a altering international.
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If the post-modernist thesis is accepted, the need for any other metanarrative is immediately diminished since it is the narrative. By simply existing, the EU exemplar is unique and something that countries in the modern world will strive to emulate. External actions then consist of moving the modern and pre-modern worlds towards the Union’s post-modern status. This in many ways is consistent with the idea discussed above of the Union’s external actions being based upon the export of the Europe’s post-war integration experience.
DUKE then the south have failed since the carrot of membership is absent. Third, the prospect of further enlargement beyond 28 remains dim, aside perhaps from smaller candidates like Montenegro that may join within the next decade. For others, most notably Turkey, membership in the foreseeable future is not on the table for a number of reasons (mainly, due to the socalled enlargement fatigue following the post-2004 accessions and divided opinion in not only the EU but also Turkey about the merits of membership).
For Cooper, it moved beyond a system and approached an order, in the sense that it was highly structured by treaties and organizations. In this quasi-order, organized mutual interference is not only tolerated but is key to limiting national sovereignty. In foreign policy, post-modernism implied the ‘continuation of domestic concerns beyond national boundaries and not vice versa. Individual consumption replaces collective glory as the dominant theme of national life. War is to be avoided: acquisition of territory by force is of no interest’ (Cooper 2003, 53).