Book - Europe: Sidling Superstate

The European Union has always been a hybrid – more than an alliance, so far less than a superstate. But its external relations already amount to a foreign policy.

The World Today
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Richard Mayne

Member of the Council of Chatham House

European Union Foreign Policy: What it is and What it Does
by Hazel Smith, published by Pluto Press, £50.00 hbk, £15.99 pbk

The late American Labour leader Walter Reuther allegedly remarked of crypto- communism: ‘If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it just may be a duck.’ The same might be said of the European Union (EU)’s foreign policy.

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