A view from the policy community: a new strategic narrative for Europe?

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Series Details Volume 28, Number 3, Pages 382-391
Publication Date August 2019
ISSN 0966-2839 (print) | 1746-1545 (online)
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Reflecting on the results presented in articles in this special issue, European leaders should take greater account of external perceptions in crafting the European Union's strategic narrative and guiding its actions. Failure to do so has impaired external policies like the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, the European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership. Leaders emerging from the Arab uprisings perceived the EU as complicit with their countries’ former anciens régimes and Russian leaders see EU support for democracy and the market economy in former Soviet states as duplicitous and instrusive. Awareness of such perceptions should be filtered into EU decision-making, without validating views that European officials and diplomats consider misleading.

Source Link https://doi.org/10.1080/09662839.2019.1648257
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