Selection of reviews on EU Global Player
"I welcome Mirjam van Reisen's fine analysis
of the EU's developing countries policies and programmes. The study
is clear and cogent and provides us with an overview which will
be essential in the work we have to do in the months and years ahead,
to ensure that Europe maintains a strong commitment to its responsibilities
in the wider world. To do this, we as politicians, need to be armed
with the arguments. This publication will do exactly that."
Glenys Kinnock, MEP for South Wales
"The magnitude of the European Union as a global power
is rarely sufficiently acknowledged. It is often extremely difficult
to understand how unified EU positions and policies come about,
because being a global player, the EU is composed of countries which
act as individual players in the international community. This book
offers a profound analysis of these dynamics within the European
Union, which is crucial for developing a critical view of the EU's
role and impact in developing countries in the South. It is an accessibly
written book, essential for any students interested in the EU's
policies towards the South. Its provocative and foreward-looking
approach makes this book also into a useful political tool."
Roberto Bissio, Director of the Instituto Tercer
Mundo (Third World Institute), Montevideo, Uruguay
"It is important for the EU development programme to be
coherent with its other policies that affect Third World countries.
All too often, however, this is not the case and internal European
interests undermine the effects of EU aid. A point in case is the
Common Agricultural Policy. This book identifies conflicting interests
between European assistance and other external policies, notably
in trade and investment. Its serious recommendations are well argued
on the basis of sustained analysis and this book convincingly makes
the case for a political agenda that needs to be urgently addressed."
Max van den Berg, MEP and leader of the Dutch Socialist
Group in the European Parliament, Netherlands