The Limits of Norm Promotion: The EU in Egypt and Israel/Palestine

Elena Lazarou, Maria Gianniou, Gerasimos Tsourapas

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Policy implications aside, assessing the EU's involvement in the Mediterranean region necessitates a reconsideration of the impact and limits of the so-called 'normative power' upon which its approach has been based, implicitly or explicitly. This paper does so by examining the EU's engagement with Egypt and the Israel-Palestine conflict; it sets out to challenge the notion that EU-style normative power alone is well-suited to promote democracy and regional cooperation, particularly in regions with diverging dynamics where the promotion of EU-associated norms may stumble upon European trade- and diplomacy-related interests. In this sense, it aims to enrich and inform the debates on 'normative power Europe' and Euro-Mediterranean relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-193
Number of pages23
JournalInsight Turkey
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • EU-Egypt
  • Normative Power Europe
  • Norm Promotion
  • Mediterranean
  • Middle East politics
  • EU External Relations
  • European Union
  • Egypt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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