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Human Rights and Democracy in EU Foreign Policy by Rosa Balfour

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10 Conclusions

10.1 Introduction

This book sought to explain the gap between the EU's self-portrait as an actor pursuing human rights and democracy abroad and its actual performance in foreign policy, going beyond both the rhetoric about the EU as a ‘different’ actor and the criticisms that are frequently levelled against the EU for its inability to live up to its commitments. Is the EU Janus-faced, hiding material interests behind an ideology based on global human rights and democracy or as an alibi, for instance, to discourage demands for EU membership? Or, conversely, has the increasing institutionalization of human rights and democracy led to a change in mentality in the Union which ensures that these principles are included in its ...

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