The European Union and the G8: Priorities, Functions, Values
This chapter examines the EU’s contribution to global governance, in large part by focusing on its evolving role in the G8. Covering the period from 1998 to 2008, it picks up where the earlier studies left off. It thus reflects the EU’s changing identity as a global player following the 1997 signing of the Treaty of Amsterdam, the birth and development of the European Security and Defence Policy and the European Security Strategy, the enlargement that increased its representative weight in international institutions, and the further extension of its competencies, as well as the changing world order. It presents the findings from a functional analysis of EU and G8 contributions in four areas of comparison: the performance of global governance functions, the definition of global agenda priorities, the promotion of shared values, and the intensity of the EU’s engagement with international institutions.