01 Oct 2010

The EU’s Diplomatic Debacle at the UN: What else and what next?

Jan Wouters / Michael Emerson

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Against the background of the EU’s disappointing performance as an external actor in recent international gatherings (UN General Assembly, the climate talks and the IMF), Michael Emerson and Jan Wouters exhort the EU to urgently face up to new realities and undertake a comprehensive and strategic review of how it should position itself in the multilateral system, especially regarding the distribution of roles between the EU itself and the member states.
Michael Emerson is Senior Associate Research Fellow at CEPS and Jan Wouters is Professor of International Law and International Organizations and Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (GGS) at Leuven University.