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Enhancing Europe’s global power: a scenario exercise with eight proposals

Abels, Christoph, Anheier, Helmut. K, Begg, Iain and Featherstone, Kevin (2020) Enhancing Europe’s global power: a scenario exercise with eight proposals. Global Policy, 11 (1). 128 - 142. ISSN 1758-5880

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In the present context of intensifying competition between the major trading economies and potentially game-changing technological developments, the European Union is generally seen as the weaker party. Lacking the ‘hard power’ derived from military capabilities, it has laid claim to a ‘soft power’ of normative influence externally, yet even that is only partially utilised. Nor has Europe been able to exercise the power to coerce – ‘sharp power’ – commensurate with its economic weight as a trading bloc equivalent in size and reach to the US or China, its most prominent global competitors. How can Europe strengthen its position, and in what fields? Through a scenario exercise, we develop eight policy proposals aimed at countering Europe´s vulnerabilities and enabling it to assert its sharp and soft power more effectively. Specifically, we consider the feasibility, means and scope for their realisation. Together, they provide a transformative agenda for the EU’s position in the world.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2020 10:00
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:57

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