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aneerkoinos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-05 04:28 PM
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6. EU is many things
But bald-faced about its diplomacy it is not! :D

The usual complaint about EU in WTO and such forums is that at least with US you know where they come from, they are openly brutish ugly Americans, but European diplomatic niceness talks with a forked tongue!

Stability is very high on the European list of priorities, and rightly so, but not at the cost at not supporting genuinely democratic peacefull revolutions as in Ukraine, especially if they produce pro-EU governements.

But what you say about EU preferring stability under authoritarian governements outranking transition to the unknown is simply not true. The first priority for EU - which is a project of transition to the unknown itself - is to minimize instability so that what transitions are taking place would happen as peacefully as possible. And in that respect EU has pretty good score, not perfect with Yogoslavia as the opposite example, but generally the transition of former authoritarian soviet block towards democracy has gone pretty peacefully. Of course there is lot to be said about the devastation caused by the neoliberal economical model exported to these countries, but EU hardly is the only one to be blamed for that.

One essential aspect and difference between EU and US approaches is that EU furthers democracy and human rights on all social levels, through multilayered dialogue, but especially and most efficiently from bottom to up via NGO's (genuine NGO's, not CIA fronts). US has traditionally sticked to intragovernemental level and big boastfull words, playing more to the home-audience rather that being serious about any real change towards democracy or better human rights standards. Things change only when a destabilation against a genuine democratic leftist popular leadership is needed, then CIA and co bring their whole multilevel arsenal into play.

Yep, the real difference between EU and US foreign policies is that EU (the EU, not necessarily all foreign policies of member states to the same extent) is actually most of the time serious about furthering democracy and human rights, US don't really give shit about either and most of the time take action against them, never mind the rhetorics.

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