2 Human rights and democracy in EU foreign policy: the search for an analytical framework

2.1 Introduction

It was only in the second half of the 1980s, and more significantly since the beginning of the 1990s, with the end of the Cold War, that the EC/EU started to make human rights and democracy a part of its rhetoric and include them in its foreign relations objectives (K. Smith 2001, 2003). The main turning points and the development of these policies will be examined in Chapter 3. Suffice to say at this stage that all the external policies of the European Union include the aims of promoting human rights and democracy, and that their pursuit has been enshrined in the Maastricht Treaty on the European Union in its Common Foreign and Security ...

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