The Grand Illusion Continues: What the Lisbon Treaty Means for the European Union and Its Global Role
Foreign Policy Research Institute E-Note, Forthcoming
6 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2010
While the EU is as beset as ever by internal divisions, European elites’ ambitions for strengthening integration now revolve around greater foreign policy engagement and effectiveness. This is the central paradox of the Lisbon Treaty: an arrangement supposed to legitimize further integration through foreign policy success at a time when Europe is sorely divided over domestic as well as foreign policy. What gave rise to this glaring disconnect between reality and ambitions and what is this likely to mean for the EU in the next decade?
Keywords: EU integration
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