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Negotiating European Union

Meerts P W, Cede F (eds.) (2004). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

PIN Book | Negotiating European Union | cover


The European Union can be perceived as an enormous bilateral and multilateral process of internal and external negotiation. This book examines negotiations within member states, among member states, within and among the institutions of the Union, and between the EU and other countries. Analyzing as it does the processes, actors, and interests involved in the negotiation processes, the book is a unique probe into this relatively unknown EU arena.

Negotiating European Union has been edited by Paul W. Meerts and Franz Cede, members of the Steering Committee of IIASA's Processes of International Negotiation Network.


  • The EU as the Epitome of a Negotiating Process F. Cede

  • The EU as a Negotiations Arena. Diplomats, Experts and PAM Professionals R. van Schendelen

  • What Happens at Home ? Negotiating EU Policy at the Domestic Level M. van Keulen

  • The Role of the Member States in the European Union P.J. Langenberg

  • EU Institutions and IGC Negotiations ? How the EU Negotiation Process Affects Institutions' Ability to Gain Influence in IGCs D. Beach

  • What Kind of Negotiation does 'Consensus Decision-Making' Involve? D. Heisenberg

  • Negotiation and Mediation in the EU Council of Ministers O. Elgström

  • Member States Operating in the EU Council of Ministers, Inside Impressions L.J. Bal

  • The European Council under Construction ? EU Top-Level Decision Making at the Beginning of a New Century P.C.J. van Grinsven

  • Cookbook of the Presidency of the European Union A. Guggenbühl

  • Negotiating the Enlargement A. Landau

  • European Union Negotiation P. Meerts

About the Editors

Paul W. Meerts studied political science and international relations at the universities of Amsterdam and Leiden. He has been research fellow in Dutch political history at the universities of Leiden and Groningen, as well as coordinator of diplomatic training at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael, of which he has been deputy director since 1990. As a consultant in diplomatic negotiation he has trained diplomats and civil servants in more than seventy countries. He has written on interstate bargaining, focusing on its political dimensions. Paul W. Meerts holds an honorary doctorate from the National University of Mongolia.

Franz Cede was legal adviser to the Austrian Foreign Ministry and has participated in numerous international conferences and bilateral negotiations. He was also a regular delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations. In 1999 Franz Cede became Austrian Ambassador to the Russian Federation and since 2003 he has been Austrian Ambassador to Belgium, also representing his country at NATO.