External Cultural Relations

A Cultural Component as an Integral Part of the EU’s Foreign Policy?

A survey published in 2006 collecting and examining documents on the external cooperation policies of the EU and its Member States with third countries, in the field of culture.

source: LabforCulture.org

Does Europe Need a Foreign Cultural Policy?

A preliminary work by Kathinka Dittrich van Weringh and Ernst Schürmann on the necessity and feasibility of a European foreign policy.
source: LabforCulture.org

Revisiting EU Member States’ international cultural relations

This research was to update a study undertaken by Rod Fisher in 2009 on whether there was evidence of a paradigm shift in European Union Member States' relations with Third countries from traditional cultural diplomacy policies towards more strategically focused international cultural co-operation.

Soft power in Europe’s external relations? External cultural relations!

Sometimes paradoxical interventions work better than drugs: say to your best ‘enemy’: "you will fail", and he/she will mobilise all energies. In times of real danger of fragmentation of the Union, it is time to say "we need more Europe" - more mutually responsible commitment, sharing strengths, and jointly fighting the threats and weaknesses. And we need more soft power.

Europe in the world – The role of culture and soft power

Europe is a declining force and other alternative global cultures are on the rise. Meanwhile, terms like "values" and "interests" are entering public policy jargon as the EU looks to leverage its cultural heritage to raise its profile in a changing world. By working together, cultural institutes can help the EU to develop a common external cultural policy, heard participants at a policy dialogue organised by the EPC and More Europe.


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