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06 May: The joker in the pack – EU’s foreign policy

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

Can the European Union be taken seriously when its foreign policy is being ridiculed across the globe? 

It is not just Europeans who are sharing jokes and images of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as a belly dancer entertaining President Erdogan and European Council President Charles Michel, it is also global diplomats. Such protocol humiliations are becoming common place as the Union struggles to define a cohesive foreign policy which is not only endorsed by all 27 member states but which is also implemented at EU institutional level. …