The EU as an external promoter of its internal values

Niezen, M.S. (2017) The EU as an external promoter of its internal values.

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Abstract:The recently published ‘Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy for the European Union’ showed that values (e.g. democracy, human rights and the rule of law) and their promotion play a pivotal role. In addition to this, articles 2, 3(5) and 21 of the Treaty on the European Union oblige the EU to uphold and promote its values in its relations with the wider world. This triggered the question in what legal and political ways the EU makes its internal values part of its external relations. The research focused on trade policy, development policy, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the Common Security and Defence Policy, the European Neighbourhood Policy and the EU’s enlargement policy. The main conclusion of this research was that the EU has found different legal and political ways to promote its internal values in its external relations. The policy instruments used by the EU vary in terms of format, objective and enforcement. Nevertheless, all instruments have the aim to, in one way or another, promote EU values.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:86 law, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72022
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