Olga Barburska
Dr. Olga Barburska – born in 1971; graduated from the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw. Since 1997 Associate Professor at the Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw. Specialist in International Relations in the field of European Studies. Main fields of research interest: history of European integration, political and social dimension of European integration; European Union’s foreign policy (especially EU’s Eastern policy). Visiting Professor at different European universities; coordinator and participant of various research projects. Author, co-author and editor of over 30 publications, including: Past and Presence of European Integration. Poland’s Perspective (2015); Eastern Policy of the European Union: Success or Failure? (2014); History of European Integration (2013); Introduction to European Studies: A New Approach to Uniting Europe (2013); Poland in the European Union: First Experiences. Selected Political, Legal and Social Aspects (2008).
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Journal of Liberty and International Affairs | Vol. 3, Supp. 1 | July 2017
Olga Barburska
The purpose of this article is to analyse the main determinants that can affect the functioning of the European Union as one of the key global players in the contemporary world. Being a unique and highly specific international actor, the EU is a major power in terms of economic potential and the attractiveness of its social and cultural model, but it is also a dwarf in the sphere of foreign and security policy. This considerably diminishes is capabilities as an effective global actor. These weaknesses can be divided into two categories: (1) external problems resulting from the current international situation; (2) difficulties related to the internal situation of the Union. One of the main deficiencies is the inconsistency of the EU’s external policy. This policy comprises a relatively well-developed economic component as well as the foreign and security policy, which is plagued with numerous flaws. Reducing their impact would greatly strengthen the EU as a global player, but this would require (in accordance with the concept of “avant-garde Europe”) greater communitisation of this policy – which is what this text advocates.
EU as a global player; external policy of the EU; avant-garde Europe

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