Power and Impotence. The European Union As an Actor in International Relations Cover Image

Potęga i niemoc. Unia Europejska jako aktor w stosunkach międzynarodowych
Power and Impotence. The European Union As an Actor in International Relations

Part 2

Author(s): Dariusz Milczarek, Kamil Zajączkowski
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Centrum Europejskie Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: European Union; international actor; international relations of the European Union; cooperation between the European Union and Nepal; European Commission’s assistance to Nepal; European Union; Nepal

Summary/Abstract: The article analyses the European Union as an important actor in contemporary international relations. The first part of the paper characterises and defines the EU as a specific, unique participant in international relations and subsequently presents its capabilities and instruments in this sphere. These capabilities result from the EU’s high position and role in the global arena, and the EU’s most important instrument in this context is external policy, which includes economic external relations (in which the EU is an economic giant) as well as the foreign and security policy, the weaknesses of which make the EU a political/military dwarf. The second part of the article is devoted to an analysis of these problems, examines the main deficiencies of the EU’s foreign policy and proposes remedies, including greater Communitisation of the foreign and security policy to improve its effectiveness. The final deliberations focus on the attempt to predict the position of the European Union in the future world, most probably more multipolar than the world of today.

  • Issue Year: 19/2015
  • Issue No: 2 (74)
  • Page Range: 9-26
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English, Polish