Who speaks for Europe?

A series of papers by Bachelor students of the BA European Studies, Maastricht University

Hylke Dijkstra and Sophie Vanhoonacker

This section presents a series of papers prepared by students of the Bachelor European Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. In the framework of a project financed by the Dutch Science Foundation for the top 3-% of third year Bachelor students, they did research on the question ‘Who Speaks for Europe’. As they found out in this 4 month course (February – May 2011), the problem in the EU is not the lack of external representatives but the presence of too many voices. The Lisbon Treaty, creating the position of a long-term chair of the European Council and the position of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy only adds to the complexity.

Divided into groups of 2 or 3, students looked at EU representation in various regions and contexts:

-Tessa Ax and Christin Tonne, ‘EU Representation in conflict settlement: Council-Commission cooperation in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’.

-Gloria Eppstein, Sina Gerlach, Maren Huser, ‘The EU’s impact in international climate change negotiations. The case of Copenhagen’.

-Julia Gollub and Tobias Krume, ‘The European Union in the Middle East Process: Witnessing the evolvement of an international actor’.

- Bianca Barton, Julia Hamacher, Julia Säring Julia, ‘Strengthening the Global community: EU-UN Cooperation in Civilian Crisis Management. Case Studies in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kosovo’.

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