One Actor, One Too Many Voices? The EU at the UN General Assembly Cover Image

One Actor, One Too Many Voices? The EU at the UN General Assembly
One Actor, One Too Many Voices? The EU at the UN General Assembly

Author(s): Attila Károly Molnár
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Central European University (CEU) - Department of Political Science
Keywords: European integration; European foreign policy; Treaty of Lisbon; United Nations; voting cohesion.

Summary/Abstract: The article tests the assumption that the deepening integration brought on by the European Union’s Treaty of Lisbon should have a palpable effect on the dynamics of EU Member States’ action at the United Nations. Building on existing scholarly literature, on interviews with diplomats and staff of the European External Action Service at two UN headquarters locations, as well as on a case study of what is arguably the most universal of multilateral bodies, the UN General Assembly, the article assesses the “voice of the EU” on the global multilateral scene. It concludes that, in spite of the abundance of theoretical and practical arguments for increasing the unity of European diplomacy, action in the UNGA does not provide grounds for an overly hasty departure from a state-centric view of EU foreign policy.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 325-354
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: English