Can the European Union be a Pole in a Multipolar World?

Can the EU serve as a pole in a multipolar, interdependent international system? The EU will face three particular challenges operating in such a system: the challenge of re-establishing credibility after the euro crisis; the ever-present challenge of achieving unity among the member states; and the challenge of adapting foreign policy behaviour to match the new international environment. There is a risk that the EU could slide into irrelevance.

Keywords: European Union, multipolarity, power

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p. 114-126
Issue: 
48/2
ISBN/ISSN/DOI: 
10.1080/03932729.2013.788378
Publication date: 
15/06/2013

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