Ilik, Goran and Karnaukhova, Oxana and Ilievski, Nikola (2019) EUROPE FIRST: THE POWER OF LEGACY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. Proceedings of International Scientific Conference: Towards a Better Future: Democracy, EU Integration and Criminal Justice, 1. pp. 39-47. ISSN 978-608-4670-05-6 (V.1)

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This paper investigates the international political power of the European Union, viewed through the colonial legacy of its Member States. The main objective of this research is to reveal the EU power of legacy, stressing that the EU has a capacity to impose its value and ideational framework on the rest of the world, in a soft, normative and cooperative manner. Through the process of colonization in the past, the former colonialist European states (today EU Member States) influenced the people and cultures of colonized territories, and thus, they set the basis for their second coming, not in the role of conquerors or colonizers, but as partners. The term legacy is used to describe the capital (institutional, political, cultural, linguistic etc.) that has left the former colonialist European states in the past, which today can be used as a bridge for closer cooperation between the former colonies (today sovereign states) and the EU as a whole. In the end, we conclude that the EU Member States should make great efforts in order to mobilize their own connections with the particular states or group of states, striving to accomplish the common - European - interests, instead of their individual national interests.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: EU, legacy, political power
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Law
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Political science
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Pfk Eprints
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2021 17:20
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 08:35

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