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Overview: The European Union and the World
Overview: The European Union and the world
Introduction

Writing at a time when the final phase of the process of widening the European Union (EU) seems to be within reach, the geographical contours of the future domain of ‘foreign affairs’ are clearer than ever.1 Furthermore, after more than two decades of almost constant treaty reform, the EU also seems to have reached its grosso modo final institutional form and only very few issue areas – for instance territorial defence and church affairs – remain outside the EUs portfolio of policies. Finally, the European Commission has celebrated the 50th anniversary of its external service (European Commission 2004). Combined, such a unique historical juncture seems to be particularly apt for reflections on ...

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