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Innovation in External Action and the Constitution for Europe

Duke, Simon. (2004) Innovation in External Action and the Constitution for Europe. EIPAScope, 2004 (3). pp. 30-37.

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    This essay argues that the Constitution contains a number of useful and innovative recommendations. Although a number of practical challenges in implementing the recommendations can be predicted, their implementation will leave the EU a more able and coherent actor on the international stage. The passage of the Constitution through the various national referenda is not seen as a significant factor since a number of aspects are already being implemented by intergovernmental agreement and this determination will in all likelihood continue into other areas of external relations. Finally, the essay concludes by cautioning that greater efforts are required to communicate to global partners, notably the United States, what type of actor the EU wishes to become, should all of the reforms discussed below be implemented. There is a need to link strategy, institutional reform or innovation, with clearer public diplomacy.

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    Item Type: Article
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Constitution for Europe
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Journals > European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht) > EIPASCOPE
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2006
    Page Range: pp. 30-37
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:39

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