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"The European Parliament: Influencing the EU’s external relations"

Piening, Christopher. (1997) "The European Parliament: Influencing the EU’s external relations". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    The purpose of this paper is to show that the European Parliament has been, and remains, an active player in the formulation of EU foreign and external policies, in spite of having few formal powers under the second pillar of the Maastricht treaty. In making this assertion, it is worth noting at the outset that foreign policy in general is not something in which EU parliaments usually play a major part, certainly in any hands-on sense. The European Parliament thus differs from most national European parliaments in its constant efforts to shape rather than merely react to or control initiatives of the executive in this field. In this respect, it is more akin to the U.S. Congress, which does play a more proactive role, and one that sometimes puts it at odds with the views of the President or his Administration: The Helms-Burton legislation on Cuba is a good recent example of policy that would not exist but for the Congress.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2007
    Page Range: p. 12
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23

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