Quinn, Paul (2011) Making European Diplomacy Work: Can the EEAS Deliver? EU Diplomacy Paper 08/2011, December 2011. [Working Paper]
The European External Action Service (EEAS) represents a formidable challenge for the European Union (EU) and marks the arrival of a veritable European diplomacy on the world stage. This paper examines some pertinent and often overlooked questions surrounding the launching of the EEAS, notably its impact on the traditional domains of European diplomacy, the introduction of European diplomats and the need to build an EEAS ‘esprit de corps’. Much has been discussed and debated regarding the EEAS on paper, nevertheless it is in the corridors of power and in EU Delegation meeting rooms where the real test lies for EU diplomats. Therefore, the actual question is: will the EEAS be able to deliver for EU diplomacy?
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