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History matters for the EU’s geopolitical ambitions. EPC Commentary July 2021.

Cameron, Fraser and Islam, Shada (2021) History matters for the EU’s geopolitical ambitions. EPC Commentary July 2021. [Policy Paper]

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    While Europe has a decent record in dealing with the consequences of its bloody modern history, it is only now beginning to confront the collective amnesia regarding its behaviour during the colonial era. If the Union wants to realise its geopolitical ambition to be a global player, EU leaders should deal with the impact of past colonial misdeeds head-on and ensure that EU diplomats and younger Europeans are aware of how our history affects the present. Europeans have warmly embraced US President Joe Biden as a friend and partner. As they seek more geopolitical impact, EU leaders would do well to also listen to the president’s views on history and the power of remembrance. Speaking on the centenary of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, Biden urged Americans to be honest about their history, insisting that great nations “come to terms with their dark sides”.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > human rights & democracy initiatives
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > European Policy Centre > Commentary
    Depositing User: Daniel Pennell
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2021 14:22
    Number of Pages: 6
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2021 14:22

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