25 Jan 2011

Upgrading the EU’s Role as Global Actor

Rosa Balfour / Tim Corthaut / Jan Wouters / Michael Emerson / Piotr Maciej Kaczyński / Thomas Renard

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This Commentary argues that the EU should build up a world-class diplomatic corps, capable of becoming a major actor in global affairs. It is a collective effort by a group of EU policy analysts based at research institutes in Brussels and Leuven. It draws upon the findings and policy recommendations put forward in their new book Upgrading the EU’s Role as Global Actor – Institutions, Law and the Restructuring of European Diplomacy. Michael Emerson & Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski are at CEPS, Rosa Balfour is at the European Policy Centre (EPC), Jan Wouters & Tim Corthaut are at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, and Thomas Renard is at Egmont – The Royal Institute for International Relations.