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The Eurosphere
or the European Empire[1] is a concept associated with the public intellectual Mark Leonard,[citation needed][2] Oxford University academic Jan Zielonka,[1] the European Union Director-General for Politico-Military Affairs Robert Cooper;[3] and the European Commission
European Commission
President José Manuel Barroso.[4] Over the past 50 years, the European Union
European Union
has expanded from the 6 founding members to 28; additionally there are 8 candidate and potential candidate countries waiting to join. A number of western European countries are integrated economically, as part of the Union's single market or using its single currency. Through its High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy it has the capability to speak with one voice in the world and has association and free trade agreements with a large number of states; through the European Neighbourhood Policy
European Neighbourhood Policy
and Union for the Mediterranean (developed from the Barcelona process) it is creating closer ties with those countries on its borders, while developing ties with former colonies, now the ACP countries. Membership in particular has seen a great deal of reform in countries seeking to join, for example the huge reforms seen in Turkey such as the abolition of capital punishment.[5] The development of the Union's influence, and the draw of membership, has been the subject of a number of academic writings. For example, Mark Leonard describes the area of EU influence as the Eurosphere.


1 Countries within the Eurosphere 2 Quotes 3 See also 4 Notes and references 5 Further reading 6 External links

Countries within the Eurosphere[edit]

EU regional initiatives; current enlargement agenda (SAP and candidate countries), ENP; Eastern Partnership, Euromediterranean Partnership and EU-Russia Common Spaces

According to Mark Leonard, the Eurosphere
includes (what were in 2004) 109 countries. In Europe, these were the then-25 members, applicant countries, Western Balkans
Western Balkans
countries and European CIS countries (including transcontinental countries such as Kazakhstan). Curiously he does not mention western European countries such as Norway who are integrated into the EU's single market. Outside Europe, he gives a blanket list of every African country and every Middle Eastern country, that is so the countries forming the eastern border of the Eurosphere
are Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan.[6] Other countries that could be said to be within the Eurosphere
might include western European countries, such as those in the European Economic Area or using the euro, or the Union's overseas territories. Both these groups have strong economic links, through the afore mentioned relationships. Quotes[edit]

“ The postmodern, European answer to threats is to extend the system of co-operative empire ever wider. "I have no way to defend my borders but to extend them", said Catherine the Great—and the European Union sometimes seems to be saying the same. ”

— Robert Cooper, 2003

“ But the next wave of European transformation is only just beginning. The European Union
European Union
is starting to develop an enormous sphere of influence, extending way beyond its borders, that could be called the "Eurosphere". This belt of eighty countries covering the former Soviet Union, the Western Balkans, the Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 20 per cent of the world's population. ”

— Mark Leonard, 2005

“ What we have is the first non-imperial empire...We have twenty-seven countries that fully decided to work together and to pool their sovereignty. I believe it is a great construction and we should be proud of it. ”

— José Manuel Barroso, 2007

See also[edit]

ECHO (European Commission)

ACP-EU Development Cooperation

ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements

Enlargement of the European Union

European Union
European Union
Association Agreement European Economic Area

European integration European Neighbourhood Policy

Barcelona Process

Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly Mediterranean Union

European Union
European Union
as a potential superpower Foreign relations of the European Union

EU economic relationships

Multi-speed Europe United States of Europe

Notes and references[edit]

^ a b Zielonka, J. (2006), Europe
as Empire, Oxford University Press: Oxford. ^ Leonard, M. (2005), Why Europe
will run the 21st century, Fourth Estate: London. ^ Cooper, R. (2003), The Breaking of Nations, Atlantic Books: London. ^ http://www.globalpowereurope.eu/2007/07/birth-of-new-rome.html ^ EU-Turkey relations Archived July 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. euractiv.com ^ Leonard, M. Why Europe
will run the 21st century (2004, Fourth Estate). Appendix: p.145-146.

Further reading[edit]

Ankerl, Guy (2000). Global communication without universal civilization. INU societal research. Vol.1: Coexisting contemporary civilizations : Arabo-Muslim, Bharati, Chinese, and Western. Geneva: INU Press. ISBN 2-88155-004-5. 

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"The EU as a Regional Normative Hegemon: The Case of European Neighbourhood Policy" Mahony, Honor (2007-07-11) Barroso says EU is an 'empire' EU Observer.

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