October 29, 2012

Can Diplomacy Spur Europe's Growth?


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The economic crisis has propelled commercial diplomacy into the fore. In Europe, the focus on exports and investment is leading to increased competition between member states and encouraging bilateralism, to the detriment of common EU approaches and broader foreign policy considerations.

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TAGGED: global economy, Eurozone, Europe


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