Following the Lisbon Treaty, the powers of the European Parliament in external relations have gradually expanded and it is increasingly influencing the foreign policy of the European Union.

This book analyses the role of the European Parliament as an international actor and presents a new debate about its role outside the EU territory. It explores different policy areas including human rights, international aid, trade, crisis management and the environment to provide a systematic analysis of the modern global role of the European Parliament. The book also considers the European Parliament’s regional interactions with Africa, Latin America, the United States, Asia and the Middle East. With a common analytical framework and research covering the lifespan of the European Parliament from its first direct elections in 1979 to the present day, this comprehensive volume presents an unparalleled analysis of one of the most important institutions in the European Union.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of European Union politics and institutions, European policy, government, international relations and European history.

chapter |14 pages


The European Parliament as an international actor

part I|128 pages

The European Parliament and policy issues

chapter 7|22 pages

The European Parliament in International Election Observation Missions (IEOMs)

Division of labour or decreased influence?

part II|91 pages

The European Parliament and geographical areas

chapter 9|17 pages

The European Parliament and regional cooperation

The case of Latin America

chapter 10|19 pages

The transatlantic connection

Democratizing Euro-American relations through parliamentary liaison

chapter 11|23 pages

Democratizing inter-regionalism?

The EU Parliament and its Asia relations

chapter 12|14 pages

Socializing the Eastern neighbourhood

The European Parliament and the EuroNest Parliamentary Assembly 1

part III|51 pages

The European Parliament and international conflicts

chapter 15|14 pages

The European Parliament as a diplomatic precedent setter

The case of parliamentary relations with Kosovo

chapter |15 pages


The international role and impact of the European Parliament