European Foreign Policies: Does Europe Still Matter? (Europe by Ronald Tiersky, John Van Oudenaren, Krzysztof Bobinski, Mark

By Ronald Tiersky, John Van Oudenaren, Krzysztof Bobinski, Mark Gilbert, David Shambaugh, Philip Stephens, Paul Taylor, Nathalie Tocci

The quantity of Europe's effect within the twenty-first century is likely one of the primary questions in a swiftly altering global order. How a lot does Europe nonetheless topic in geostrategic affairs? Will the Europeans search extra overseas clout and be keen to pay the cost for it? especially, will the European-American partnership prosper or weaken? within the in basic terms complete research to be had at the topic, major foreign specialists discover those important questions for worldwide peace and protection. The publication comprises authoritative chapters at the international guidelines of the key eu nations, of the eu Union, and of Europe towards key areas and countries—especially the U.S., Russia, China, and the center East.

Contributions by: Krzysztof Bobinski, Mark Gilbert, David Shambaugh, Philip Stephens, Paul Taylor, Ronald Tiersky, Nathalie Tocci, John Van Oudenaren, Benedetta Voltolini, and Helga A. Welsh.

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As if to reinforce the point about Europe’s growing influence, “hard-power” America was increasingly bogged down in an Iraq War gone bad. By 2005, however, a more sobering reality began to set in. The rejection of the constitutional treaty by the voters in France and the Netherlands came as a shock to integration-minded European elites and had profound implications for foreign policy. The votes put on hold any near-term plans to create a stronger EU foreign policy apparatus and ended talk of an early round of further expansion to the east.

While the member states were putting the finishing touches on the Amsterdam treaty, trouble again broke out in the Balkans and threatened to outrun any improvements that the EU was making in its capacity to influence developments on its periphery. Only temporarily chastened by the NATO actions in Bosnia, the Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic again began stirring up ethnic hatreds in the region. In early 1998, military and police units from Serbia began attacking villages and driving out their inhabitants in Kosovo, a province of Serbia populated mainly by ethnic Albanians who long had struggled to achieve autonomy and recognition of their civil and political rights.

In regulatory affairs, the EU became an increasingly influential actor, in many respects supplanting the United States in its traditional role as the global regulatory trendsetter. In 1997, the European Commission demonstrated its power to regulate international business by setting strict conditions for the merger of two American companies, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas, on the grounds that the combined company would have adverse implications for the European markets. S. firms, including the blocking, in 2001, of the planned merger of General Electric and Honeywell and the levying of large fines against Microsoft and Intel for alleged antitrust violations.

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