A Coherent Foreign Policy as an Instrument for Internal Stability

The European Union is currently facing a political crisis that is threatening its internal stability. This is exemplified by increasing levels of Euroscepticism across its Member States. This crisis is inter alia a result of the lack of identification of European citizens with EU institutions, and thus an issue pertaining to the construction of the EU’s identity at large. A unified foreign policy based on the foundational principles of the Union represents an approach to solve its ‘identity-problem’. As a consequence, such foreign policy serves as a positive factor for the internal stability of the Union.
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Europe as an Idea

Sine Qua Non aims to foster the notion of Europe as a highly developed rights culture. This culture emerges from the Union’s development around the core principle of a universal humanism respectful of diversity, which was translated into the gradual construction of its legal order. Thus, the process of European integration saw the Union’s recognition of universal human rights as essential in providing moral guidance for its structural deepening.

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Why MENA?

Recent political discourse in the majority of the EU member states has increasingly developed into a direction supposing a radical discontinuity between the European continent, and the MENA region. The development relies on an interplay of cultural, political, and historical assumptions that are in many ways essentialist in nature.
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