Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations
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Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations

An Essential Companion

Edited by Kolja Raube, Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Jan Wouters

In today’s increasingly complex and interdependent world, the role of parliaments in external affairs remains a relatively under explored topic of research. The multiple patterns of global governance are mostly dominated by the executive branches of government, with parliaments relegated to the sidelines. This insightful book aims to challenge this dominant perspective and demonstrate the increased networking of parliaments both within the EU and with external actors outside the EU. It not only sheds light on EU parliamentary cooperation and networking, but also reveals the growing scope and role of parliamentary scrutiny, control and conflict mediation.
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Chapter 20: Cooperation between the European Parliament and the Parliament of MERCOSUR: strategic partnership towards interregionalism and effective multilateralism

Ana María Moure

Abstract

The European Union (EU) and the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela and Bolivia explore new ways of integration and convergence under the Dialogue on Regional Integration. By promoting change at a structural level and greater convergence between these regions, the Parliament could be the catalyst of this new process of integration in an effort to overcome problems of democratic deficits and legitimacy, participation, representation of citizen’s interests and transparency.

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