EU leaders should change tone when talking to rest of the world

Worse than foreign misperception, is how Europeans judge themselves, according to Mai'a K. Davis Cross and Jan Melissen in EUobserver.

Recurring criticism of EU foreign policy chief Lady Ashton has compounded difficulties for Europe’s diplomatic service to fight Europe’s negative image in the world, Cross and Melissen argue in EUobserver (Photo:

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso was right. Had the European Union instead of the United States fallen into partial government shutdown, the world would not have hesitated to use this as an opportunity to berate Europe and its influence as a global leader, Mai'a K. Davis Cross and Jan Melissen argue in a recent EUobserver op-ed.

When faced with a crisis, European leaders often project a lack of resilience and self-confidence, they continue. Not everything is bleak, however, and the authors come with several suggestions on how to improve public diplomacy.

Read the full article here.

EUobserver, 22 October 2013

Published Nov. 6, 2013 10:01 PM - Last modified Sep. 7, 2021 10:38 AM