'Speaking with One Voice but Voting Differently? The EU in the UN General Assembly'

Maria Gianniou, Dimitris Bourantonis, Ioannis Galariotis, Spyros Blavoukos

In the post-Lisbon and post-Resolution 65/276 era, there has been a smooth transition from an EU representation system based on the rotating Council Presidency to a system based on the High Representative and the EU Delegation in New York. Among other developments, the new institutional setting enables the EU to make oral interventions in the UN General Assembly and project more actively its international actorness. This paper has a dual research objective: first, based on the EU oral interventions, we seek to identify whether the EU has increased its coherence and visibility in the UNGA, both in the Plenary and the six Main Committees; second, we compare the EU oral interventions with the voting record of the EU member-states identifying patterns and cases of continuity and rupture between EU rhetoric and member-states' political practice. Our study covers the period from the 64th to the 69th UNGA session drawing on verbatim records of the EU's official oral interventions in the UNGA, official EU and UN documentation, secondary literature and semi-structured interviews with officials in New York and Brussels.





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