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A BRIC in the world: Emerging powers, Europe and the coming order. Egmont Paper No. 31, October 2009

Renard, Thomas. (2009) A BRIC in the world: Emerging powers, Europe and the coming order. Egmont Paper No. 31, October 2009. [Policy Paper]

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    Based on the analysis of several indicators, this paper refines the "BRIC dream" into a more realistic BR-I-C scenario in which China appears to be the real story and the only emerging power that can challenge the US in the coming years. India will follow the path of China but its emergence will be slower and in all less impressive. Brazil and Russia are probably the least emergent among the emerging powers, but this is not to say that they are not emerging. What place will be left for the EU in this coming interpolar order? According to most indicators, Europe has the appearance of a global power. However, there is a natural reluctance to join the words 'Europe' and 'global power' together. Indeed, the EU is not a power in the classical sense of the term for the very good reason that it is not a state in the classical sense of the term either. But if global power is defined as the capacity to have an influence at the global level, then the EU has certainly some global power, for it is a leading voice in many important affairs, such as the fight against climate change. To become a true global power or even a great power, i.e. a major pole in the coming order, the EU will need a more coherent approach and a more integrated strategy.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: BRIC = Brazil, Russia, India, China.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Russia
    Countries > India
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Latin America
    Countries > China
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Egmont : Royal Institute for International Affairs > Egmont Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2009
    Page Range: p. 46
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:17

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