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Setting the bounds of the European Union. EPC Discussion Paper 10 March 2020

Duff, Andrew (2020) Setting the bounds of the European Union. EPC Discussion Paper 10 March 2020. UNSPECIFIED.

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    How large should the European Union (EU) be? And what shape should it take? These are not new questions but have recently taken on a new form and seek to be answered with a sense of urgency that has been missing for some years. French President Macron can be held primarily responsible for this shift of emphasis. He wants an EU that is conscious of, indeed self-confident about, its own sovereignty. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s claim to be running a “geopolitical Commission” plays into Macron’s argument: she was, after all, his choice for the top job. But a sovereign Union strutting its stuff on the world stage needs to have established a pretty firm view about where its own territory starts and stops, what values it aims to propagate on the global stage, and which interests it intends to advance vis-à-vis those of its international partners and rivals. The purpose of assuming EU sovereignty is to better protect the security of its states and citizens. It implies an intention to adopt a more proactive stance. Even if the Union still lacks all the attributes of a federal state, its claim to sovereignty is an important further step in the federal direction. A sovereign polity is in need of a government, and in particular a foreign policy. The innovation of Union sovereignty as a supplement to, if not a substitute for, national sovereignty should also contribute to a strengthening of civic rights that flow from the concept of EU citizenship

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    Item Type: Other
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-South-Eastern Europe (Balkans)
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Brexit
    Countries > U.K.
    Countries > Yugoslavia (former)
    Countries > Turkey
    Countries > Ukraine
    Countries > Macedonia
    Countries > Moldova
    Countries > Serbia/Montenegro (to June 2006)
    Countries > Albania
    Countries > Georgia
    Countries > Kosovo
    Countries > Montenegro (June 2006-on)
    Countries > Serbia (June 2006-on)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > European Policy Centre > Discussion Paper
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2020 12:20
    Number of Pages: 12
    Last Modified: 20 Mar 2020 12:20

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