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Lisbeth Aggestam

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the EU is seeking to position itself as a global player with a broad spectrum of civilian and military capabilities. This role is articulated in a discourse of universal ethics, which defines the EU as a 'power for good' and 'peace-builder' in the world. Underpinning this notion of 'ethical power Europe?' is a conceptual shift in the EU's role and aspirations from what it 'is' to what it 'does'.

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