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The Theoretical and Methodological Framework: EU Aid and Structural Power

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book explores that structural power can be delineated in terms of the EU's power in the partner country/region and on the global level. In Latin America and Asia, the EU's role is better described as 'presence' or 'influence' than structural power. The countries of the Mediterranean have been in the EU's economic orbit for a long period. The EU's aid and trade policies have further institutionalized and legalized this situation. Aid policy is playing a large role in the EU's gradualist 'foreign policy' and is relatively insulated from the political problems of European integration and the vicissitudes of the EU treaties and reforms. In theory, the objective of EU aid policy is that traditional political-economic power blocks in states such as Morocco, and Ukraine are diffused, internationalized while the EU retains its own configuration of economic and political power.