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Defining European Interests in Foreign Policy: Insights from the Mediterranean Case

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  • Federica Bicchi
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    Why, how and when does an issue become a European interest and a European priority? Under what conditions does the EC/EU decide to launch a foreign policy initiative? When does a topic get on the EC/EU agenda of foreign affairs? In this paper the author raises the question of how, when and why do ‘European interests’ emerge, - using the insights provided by the Mediterranean case. The starting point is how to account for a changing pattern of decisions, especially on the part of member states. The substance of this paper thus lies in the attempt to map out how, when and why crucial actors in EFP making change their mind and decide that the Mediterranean is more important than previously maintained.

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    Paper provided by ARENA in its series ARENA Working Papers with number 13.

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    Date of creation: 15 Jul 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:erp:arenax:p0053

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    Keywords: Mediterranean; international relations; CFSP/ESDP; Europeanization;

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    Cited by:
    1. Manuela Moschella, 2007. "An International Political Economy Approach to the Neighbourhood Policy. The ENP from the Enlargement and the Mediterranean Perspectives," European Political Economy Review, European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium, vol. 7(Summer), pages 156-180.

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