A Neorealist Interpretation of the EU’s External Action Service
With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in January 2009, the EU’s socalled European External Action Service (EEAS) gradually began to take form, ushering in what is expected to become a new era of EU foreign policy cooperation.The following pages are committed to explaining why the EU member states initiated the construction of this particular institutional novelty, designed to provide the Union with a proper identity and voice in international relations. The logic of the paper is heavily inspired by Grieco’s similar analysis of the Maastricht Treaty’s provisions for an Economic and Monetary Union (Grieco, 1996).
EEAS; EU; Grieco; Neorealism
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12th Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association, 2011