This paper by Christian Nitoiu and Monika Sus sheds light on the way the European Parliament’s diplomacy affects EU power, particularly during times of crisis. The analysis focuses on the Cox–Kwasniewski mission that the Parliament sent to Ukraine in 2012–13. Based on interviews and existing literature, the authors discuss the genesis and the development of the mission and then evaluate its impact. It is argued that the mission with time became a key diplomatic instrument and enabled EU power projection by giving momentum to the promotion of the EU’s approach towards Ukraine, which was already wavering due to the deadlock over the Association Agreement between Kyiv and Brussels and then due to President Yanukovych’s refusal to sign the agreement.
Journal of Common Market Studies (January 2017)
The European Parliament’s Diplomacy – a Tool for Projecting EU Power in Times of Crisis? The Case of the Cox–Kwasniewski Mission
by Christian Nitoiu and Monika Sus
About the authors
Cristian Nitoiu is a Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow on Europe-Russia relations. Monika Sus is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance and is responsible for the umbrella project within the Dahrendorf Forum.