No, the EU doesn’t have military bases on foreign continents, nor aircraft carriers roaming the Seven Seas. Nevertheless, the EU is far more powerful than many suspect. The EU is the world’s standards setter. The quality of the Old Continent’s regulations pervade the entire world, not just Europe itself. In the context of this blog, the regulations and policies regarding renewable energy, as well as the goals enshrined in the Paris Accords are prime examples of how Europe makes its mark on the world.
The Finnish born globe-trotter and laywer Anu Bradford makes the case that Europe is anything but a declining and irrelevant power in the world.
[amazon.com] – The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World