This title was first published in 2000: This book investigates the European Parliament’s stance vis-a-vis the 1990-1991 Gulf and 1991-1992 Yugoslav crises. In unveiling the parliamentary multi-faceted view of these events, reference has been made to the positions taken by constituent political groups and their voting behaviour. In particular, the following questions have been addressed: has the European Parliament sought to define and shape a common foreign policy with respect to the above crises? What specific functions have the European Parliament political groups performed? Have political groups succeeded in achieving an internal cohesion? Has the European Parliament overcome divisions among its members through the formation of party coalitions? despite the considerable flow of published material on external relations of the European Union and the European Parliament, virtually no study has explored in-depth the links between these two areas. The purpose of this book is to fill the gap in the existing literature, breaking new ground by combining a qualitative and qualitative analysis of parliamentary behaviour with foreign policy.
’This book is required reading for any student of the European Parliament or of the development and management of European Foreign policy. It is a lucid account of a complex but vitally important subject for the emerging European Union arrangements at a time of impending enlargement.’ Paul Taylor, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK ’This is an important study of a neglected area of research on the European Parliament. It is a welcome addition to the literature.’ Professor Juliet Lodge, University of Leeds, UK ’Dr Viola has done a meticulous forensic job of examining the roles of political groups in the European parliament. She has greatly added to our knowledge on how foreign policy is understood and scrutinised at the European level.’ Christopher Hill, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK ’…a well-researched book…gathering impressive amounts of data…’ European Foreign Affairs Review ’…an important contribution…’ Ã‰tudes Internationales ’…impressive and well-written…sets a new standard for further investigations of intra- and inter-party unity.’ The Journal of Legislative Studies
Introduction. 1. European Foreign Policy and the European Parliament. 2. The Responses of the European Community and the European Parliament to the Gulf Crisis. 3. The Role of the Political Groups in Forging the European Parliament's Stance on the Gulf Crisis. 4. The Responses of the European Community and the European Parliament to the Yugoslav Crisis. 5. The Role of the Political Groups in Forging the European Parliament's Stance on the Yugoslav Crisis.
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