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The Proliferation of Privileged Partnerships between the European Union and its Neighbours

1st Edition

Edited by Sieglinde Gstöhl, David Phinnemore


210 pages

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This edited volume provides a timely analysis of the European Union’s ‘privileged’ partnerships with neighbouring countries, identifying key points of comparison.

It analyses which policy areas are covered and why, the reasons why a specific institutional arrangement has been chosen, the major advantages and shortcomings for both sides and how effectively the privileged partnerships have worked in practice. Drawing on a number of case studies, the book highlights critical junctures and path dependence in the EU’s external relations and examines what general lessons can be drawn regarding privileged partnerships, in particular with a view to the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU.

This book will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners in EU affairs, European politics, diplomacy studies, and more broadly to international relations and law.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: privileged partnerships between the European Union and third states [Sieglinde Gstöhl and David Phinnemore] 2. Privileged partnerships: the partners countries' (institutional) perspective [Georges Baur] 3. The European Economic Area: a flexible but highly complex two-pillar system [Christian Frommelt] 4. Switzerland and the EU: current issues and new challenges under the Draft Institutional Framework Agreement [Christine Kaddous] 5. Unique, yet archetypal: relations between the European Union and Andorra, Monaco and San Marino [Francesco Maiani] 6. The institutional framework of the Eastern Partnership Association Agreements and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas [Guillaume Van der Loo] 7. The EU–Turkey customs union: shortcomings and prospects for modernization [Özlem Terzi] 8. The EU's sectoral communities with neighbours: the case of the Energy Community [Dirk Buschle and Rozeta Karova] 9. UK withdrawal from EU membership: the quest for cake [David Phinnemore] 10. Conclusion: the EU and its privileged partnerships – Governance Power Europe? [Sieglinde Gstöhl and David Phinnemore]

About the Editors

Sieglinde Gstöhl is Director of the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges.

David Phinnemore is Professor of European Politics and Dean of Education in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. He is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in European Foreign Policy

It is a timely moment to launch a new series on European foreign policy. Europe and the EU now face multiple challenges including: conflict in the Middle East and the rise of radical jihadist groups like Islamic State; assertive Russian action in Ukraine and other countries on the EU’s eastern borders; the strategic ambitions of rising powers; and the euro crisis’ impact on the EU’s global power.

Additionally, the Union’s own internal institutional processes have undergone far-reaching change in recent years and a plethora of new strategies has been introduced covering Asia, trade, counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights, geo-economics, and other regions and topics.

This series will address the standard range of conceptual and theoretical questions related to European foreign policy. At the same time, in response to the intensity of new policy developments, it endeavors to ensure that it also has a topical flavor, addressing the most important and evolving challenges to European foreign policy, in a way that will be relevant to the policy-making and think-tank communities.

Key topics include:

  • The EU’s responses to the emergence of a new geopolitics in the Middle East;

  • European and EU policy towards the east, as it grapples with conflict in Ukraine and instability elsewhere across the region covered by the Eastern Partnership;

  • Europe’s changing engagement with rising powers, and in particular with Asia;

  • Transatlantic relations;

  • The foreign policy impact of the EU’s internal crisis;

  • The new Energy Union, energy security and climate change;

  • Europe’s relationship to its southern neighbours in the Mediterranean and in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

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Professor Richard YOUNGS is Professor of International Relations at the University of Warwick and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.



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