The EU and multilateralism in an age of Great Powers
Try to imagine a major issue in world politics today that could be settled (whether peacefully or forcefully) by a single power: one cannot. It’s the interplay between at least four poles that determines the course of world politics: the United States (US), China, Russia, and, if it wants to, the European Union (EU). Thus we are living in a multipolar world. We might see other actors rising in the future, but these definitely are the great powers of the first half of the 21st century: one is the established power, one is emerging, one is declining, and one is in the making.
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