Transnationalism, technocracy and the EU’s international cooperation

by Sebastian D Steingrass

The European Union has long strived to act collectively in the face of international challenges such as poverty, migration and state fragility beyond its borders. Yet it is often portrayed as a cumbersome technocracy which seeks to meddle in international affairs and regularly fails despite its potential. Sebastian Steingrass looks at how this challenge to collective action is rooted in how agreements are reached in the EU.