Working as a diplomat for the European Union is in some ways very different from working for a national diplomatic service. EU diplomats face specific challenges of their own with regard to EU coordination and due to the complex institutional structures of the EU itself. At the same time, the EU’s place and role in international relations is also unique, thanks to the diversity of its policies and instruments in the field of external relations and the ‘integrated approach’ it pursues. This compact seminar will explore these specificities based on practical examples from the everyday activities of EU diplomats, with a particular focus on the EU’s work at the United Nations as well as on the EU's bilateral relations with the countries of the Eastern Partnership, Russia and Turkey.
Professor: Thomas MAYR-HARTING