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The Decline of the EU’s Soft Power

October 6, 2010

The Finnish Institute of International Affairs has issued an interesting discussion paper on the weakness of the EU’s efforts to be a ‘normative power’ in relation to China.  Basically, in dealing with ‘great powers’ where the EU has material interests at stake, the ability to exert soft power influence is limited.

I think that this analysis (and the broader body of thinking that it rests on)  is quite important in terms of understanding the mechanisms of soft power and the limitations on what it can achieve.

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