An Essential Companion
Edited by Kolja Raube, Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Jan Wouters
Chapter 18: Servants or rivals? Uncovering the drivers and logics of the European Parliament’s diplomacy during the Ukrainian crisis
This chapter sheds light on the European Parliament’s (EP) diplomatic involvement through the so-called Cox–Kwa_niewski Monitoring Mission in the lead-up to the November 2013 Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit. By applying a transnational perspective to the role of parliaments in foreign policy, it is argued the EP is able to directly interact with third actors, in that way bypassing the EU’s foreign policy executive. The analysis shows how the EP’s monitoring mission was able to develop itself as a diplomatic intermediary between the EU and the Ukrainian authorities on the issue of selective justice, profiling itself largely as a competitive actor vis-à-vis the Council. At the same time, the mission benefited from a context in which the Council offered limited resistance to its increased prominence and where the Commission eventually put its full weight behind the EP’s diplomatic mission.
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