Postdoc Anders Persson with new article on Normative Power Europe in the Israeli/Palestine conflict – University of Copenhagen

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01 February 2018

Postdoc Anders Persson with new article on Normative Power Europe in the Israeli/Palestine conflict

Postdoc at Centre for European Politics Anders Persson has published a new article on the EU’s influence in the development of Palestinian state building. The article is entitled: ’EU differentiation’ as a case of Normative Power Europe (NPE) in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and is published through Journal of European Integration.

The article addresses the differentiation politics of the EU towards Israel. This with outset in the theory of Normative Power Europe.

The abstract of the article is as follows:

“Opposition to Israel’s occupation and in particular its settlement enterprise on what the European Union (EU) perceives to be Palestinian/Syrian territories has been a consistent EC/EU policy since 1977 when what was then called the European Community (EC) issued its first declaration against the settlements. While there has been a long historical precedent for EU differentiation in the conflict, the ‘differentiation strategy’ was inofficially operationalized first in 2013. Using the theory of ‘Normative Power Europe’ (NPE) as a framework of analysis, this article argues that while the differentiation strategy has worked in the sense that it has created a normative, legal and in a few cases economic separation in the EU’s dealings with the internationally-recognised Israel and the non-recognised settlements, it has with some very minor, insignificant exceptions, not changed the realities on the ground in Israel-Palestine.”

Access the article here.

Access the column written on basis of the article here.