A new paradigm for EU diplomacy? EU Council negotiations in a time of physical restrictions

Maurer, Heidi and Wright, Nicholas ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4094-7624 (2020) A new paradigm for EU diplomacy? EU Council negotiations in a time of physical restrictions. Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 15 (4). pp. 556-568. ISSN 1871-191X

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Can diplomacy work without physical presence? International relations scholars consider the European Union (EU) the most institutionalised case of international cooperation amongst sovereign states, with the highest density of repeated diplomatic exchange. In a year, the Council of Ministers hosts on average 143 ministerial and 200 ambassadorial meetings, along with hundreds of working group meetings. These intense diplomatic interactions came to an abrupt halt in mid-March 2020, when the spread of COVID-19 forced the Council to approve - in a manner unprecedented in European integration history - the temporary derogation from its rules of procedures to allow votes in written form, preceded by informal videoconferences between ministers or ambassadors. This argumentative essay reflects on how we can use these extraordinary months of intra-European diplomacy to assess the viability of virtual diplomacy in the EU context and what lessons it provides as we seek more sustainable means of international engagement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: covid-19,communication,council of the european union,e-diplomacy,european union (eu) diplomacy,governance,technology,virtual diplomacy,political science and international relations ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3320
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2023 10:30
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2023 09:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/90947
DOI: 10.1163/1871191X-BJA10039


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