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A normative basis for EU external relations

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Piet Eeckhout

on 13 January 2016

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Transcript of A normative basis for EU external relations

The EU as a Global Actor and the Constitutionalisation of EU External Action

Art 3(5) TEU: In its relations with the wider world, the Union shall uphold and promote its values and interests and contribute to the protection of its citizens. It shall contribute to peace, security, the sustainable development of the Earth, solidarity and mutual respect among peoples, free and fair trade, eradication of poverty and the protection of human rights, in particular the rights of the child, as well as to the strict observance and the development of international law, including respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter.
respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities
Ian Manners: Normative Power Europe
Core norms
(1) the centrality of peace
(2) the idea of liberty
(3) democracy
(4) the rule of law
(5) respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms
Minor norms:
(1) social solidarity
(2) anti-discrimination
(3) sustainable development
(4) good governance
De Witte
Excessive constitutionalization (byCJEU)
Normativity of external objectives

Utopian or realist? Relationship with EU interests?
Internal tensions?
Enforceable, particularly judicially?
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