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The European Parliament and European Foreign Policy

The European Parliament and European foreign policy
Steven Van Hecke Wouter Wolfs

The European Parliament is certainly not the centre of gravity in European foreign policy, a fact reflected in the limited number of publications that have been published on this subject. Since its first development this policy field has been largely dominated by the member states, and so has the literature. Nevertheless, the competences and influence of the European Parliament have gradually expanded in the last two decades, which has triggered growing academic attention on the role of the European Parliament in European foreign policy.

This chapter will give an overview of the literature on the European Parliament and ...

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