The Uncertain Legacy of Crisis: European Foreign Policy Faces the Future

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The Uncertain Legacy of Crisis: European Foreign Policy Faces the Future
By Richard Youngs
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2014
300 pp. $49.95
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Jacques Delors, the legendary president of the European Commission, used to say, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” In the spirit of Delors’ adage, Youngs has penned this book on how Europe can restore its global influence, which has taken a hit during the ongoing eurozone crisis. The general impression Youngs leaves is that the crisis has not undermined European power as much as it seems. Much of his advice is sensible. Europe should spend less energy fiddling with its internal institutions and trying to replicate EU norms elsewhere and more energy investing in traditional multilateral institutions. It should also focus on more concrete objectives, such as the defense of global economic openness and European cooperation with rising Asian powers. The book also rightly downplays the importance of military force as an instrument of modern international power projection.

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