Who shapes the European Union’s policy towards Latin America? How has this EU policy modified individual member states’ relations with the region?

This book provides a comparative account of seven member states’ bilateral links with Latin America since 1945, in the context of their EU membership and based on the concept of ‘Europeanization’. It illustrates how and why the main architects of this EU policy have been Spain and Germany. In contrast, Poland, Sweden and Ireland, which had little previous interaction with Latin America, have developed their current relations with that region virtually as a result of their EU membership. The United Kingdom and France lie in the middle: they have been influential in certain policy-areas and key periods in history, while they have adapted to what is done at the EU level in others.

Practitioners, established academic experts as well emerging scholars in the field bring to be bear a novel combination of pioneering research and cutting edge conceptual analysis on this important but neglected area of the EU’s foreign relations.

chapter |11 pages


Europeanization and National Foreign Policies towards Latin America
ByLorena Ruano

chapter |24 pages

1 The conceptual framework

ByLorena Ruano

chapter |26 pages

2 Spain

Double Track-Europeanization and the Search for Bilateralism
ByJosé Antonio Sanahuja

chapter |27 pages

3 Germany

From Advocate to Bystander—and Back?
ByBettina Trueb

chapter |23 pages

4 France

From Uploads to Disengagement
ByGeorges Couffignal

chapter |26 pages

5 The united kingdom

Semi-Detached Uploads
ByLorena Ruano, Laurence Whitehead

chapter |24 pages

6 Sweden

From Original Profile to “Blending In”
ByRebecka Villanueva Ulfgard

chapter |23 pages

7 Poland

Download and the Development of a Policy
ByPiotr Maciej Kaczyński

chapter |24 pages

8 Ireland direct downloadto tentative bilateralism

ByPeadar ó Broin

chapter |20 pages


Changing Dynamics of Europeanization and National Policies towards Latin America
ByLorena Ruano