26.1 Of all the international and regional arrangements to emerge in the aftermath of the Second World War, the European Union is perhaps the most difficult to classify. More than a classic intergovernmental organization, and less than an embryonic State, the EU’s wide-ranging responsibilities and byzantine structures can make it a challenging prospect for diplomats from within the Union as well as for those engaging with its work from other countries. 26.2 The origins of the European Union lie in the 1951 Treaty of Paris concluded by ‘the Six’ (Belgium, France,...
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