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The Early Days of the European External Action Service: A Practitioner’s View

The Early Days of the European External Action Service: A Practitioner’s View Summary The proposal to create the European External Action Service (EEAS) seemed to be an acceptance by the European Union’s political elites that, in the post-Westphalian world, more attention needed to be given to collective European diplomacy rather than individual national diplomacy. Yet there was no guarantee that existing officials, whether from EU institutions or from the EU member states, would easily accept the related diplomatic norms and values. Melding different epistemic communities into one effective new diplomatic community is not a foregone conclusion. Europe’s new diplomatic service ‘ an sich ’ is not a diplomatic service ‘ für sich ’. While creating a team with a spirit of unity was the formal goal, ambiguities in the Lisbon Treaty’s articles on the EEAS have facilitated a major reassertion of bureaucratic politics, which are destined to keep Westphalian diplomacy alive and to produce even more turf battles and complexity. The mind-sets of the component parts of the EEAS are so diverse that, without serious discussion of these issues and concentrated training, creating a new European diplomacy will be difficult. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Brill

The Early Days of the European External Action Service: A Practitioner’s View

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy , Volume 7 (1): 115 – Jan 1, 2012

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
Subject
Practitioner’s Perspectives
ISSN
1871-1901
eISSN
1871-191X
DOI
10.1163/187119112X615098
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Abstract

Summary The proposal to create the European External Action Service (EEAS) seemed to be an acceptance by the European Union’s political elites that, in the post-Westphalian world, more attention needed to be given to collective European diplomacy rather than individual national diplomacy. Yet there was no guarantee that existing officials, whether from EU institutions or from the EU member states, would easily accept the related diplomatic norms and values. Melding different epistemic communities into one effective new diplomatic community is not a foregone conclusion. Europe’s new diplomatic service ‘ an sich ’ is not a diplomatic service ‘ für sich ’. While creating a team with a spirit of unity was the formal goal, ambiguities in the Lisbon Treaty’s articles on the EEAS have facilitated a major reassertion of bureaucratic politics, which are destined to keep Westphalian diplomacy alive and to produce even more turf battles and complexity. The mind-sets of the component parts of the EEAS are so diverse that, without serious discussion of these issues and concentrated training, creating a new European diplomacy will be difficult.

Journal

The Hague Journal of DiplomacyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2012

Keywords: European Union diplomacy; European External Action Service (EEAS); EU representation; EU foreign policy-making; epistemic communities; EU turf battles; Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)

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