Edited by Steven Blockmans and Panos Koutrakos
Chapter 3: Representing the EU in the area of CFSP: legal and political dynamics
The European Union is represented on the international stage by different actors and in different constellations. This chapter tries to understand how EU representation in the field of CFSP is organized and applied in practice. It starts by discussing representation from a conceptual perspective by outlining various legal and political dynamics. The chapter continues by analysing three instances of EU external representation in the area of CFSP: first, multilateral representation of the EU in international organizations and fora; second, bilateral representation of the EU in other countries; third, ad hoc representation and mediation attempts by the EU in international and regional conflicts. The chapter concludes that we need to consider the interaction between law and politics to understand EU external representation. It is not simply about legal competences, power politics, or the external environment, but often a combination of these factors which affects the ability of the EU to represent itself externally.
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