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Is the EU's Foreign Policy Identity an Obstacle? The European Union, the Northern Dimension and the Union for the Mediterranean


  • Elisabeth Johansson-Nogues

    (Institut Universitari d'Estudis Europeus, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)


The impact of the EU policies on its borderlands has been highly varied. We will argue that a valuable addendum on Rationalist explananda for such varied impact, can be found be exploring how the EU constructs its international identity vis-à-vis neighboring countries. We will use the Northern Dimension and the Union for the Mediterranean to verify how the EU identitarian projection creates contradictions and/or dissonance with neighboring countries to illustrate the uneven impact of EU policies.

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  • Elisabeth Johansson-Nogues, 2009. "Is the EU's Foreign Policy Identity an Obstacle? The European Union, the Northern Dimension and the Union for the Mediterranean," European Political Economy Review, European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium, vol. 9(Autumn), pages 24-48.
  • Handle: RePEc:epe:journl:v:9:y:2009:i:autumn:p:24-48

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    1. Schmitter, Philippe C., 1969. "Three Neo-Functional Hypotheses About International Integration," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 23(01), pages 161-166, December.
    2. Kalypso Nicolaïdis & Robert Howse, 2002. "'This is my EUtopia ...': Narrative as Power," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(4), pages 767-792, November.
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