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Europa in der Weltpolitik. Juniorpartner der USA oder antihegemoniale Alternative

Europe in World Politics. Junior partner of the United States or anti-hegemonic alternative?
  • Volker Rittberger
  • Fariborz Zelli
Publishing year: 2004
Language: German
Publication/Series: Die Friedens-Warte
Volume: 78
Issue: 2-3
Document type: Journal article

Abstract english

The authors argue that the currently debated options of a future European foreign policy towards the United States – either providing an anti-hege­monic alternative (balancing) or being Washington’s junior partner (band­wagoning) – lack both theoretical foundation and practical feasibility. In­stead, in order to be acknowledged as a major player in world politics, the EU should adopt a strategy which – in accordance with the principal-agent model – promotes Europe’s “speaking with one voice”, based on the on­going agreement of the principals on the EU’s role as a civilian power. How­ever, the Draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, which has recently been presented by the European Convention, falls significantly short of the institutional reforms necessary to pursue such a strategy.


  • Political Science
  • European Union
  • United States
  • foreign policy
  • transatlantic relations


Fariborz Zelli
E-mail: fariborz [dot] zelli [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

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Department of Political Science

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Department of Political Science



Fariborz is director of the NAVIGOV project. He received the outstanding Ph.D. thesis award of the University of Tübingen and the award for outstanding teaching performance of the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

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