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Cultural diversity

Europe from the Outside

Expectations of Europe’s External Cultural Relations
Culture Report EUNIC Yearbook 2013/2014
Publisher: 
Göttingen
City: 
Stuttgart
Volume, number, page: 
v.6.
Category: 
Abstract: 
Culture opens doors and builds bridges to the peoples of the world. Emerging economic powers such as India, Brazil and South Korea have grasped the potential of culture in foreign relations and are already working on their external cultural policies. Europe’s history of democracy, tradition of human rights and practice of friendly co-existence means that it has a great deal to offer and it should be investing more heavily in cultural relations with the rest of the world. What initiatives are needed in the area of external cultural policy – and what does the world expect of them? 30 authors from 20 countries look for some answers.

EU Cultural Cooperation with Third Countries

The Cases of Latin America and the Mediterranean
Cultural Governance and the European Union : protecting and promoting cultural diversity in Europe
Publisher: 
Palgrave Macmillan
City: 
London
Volume, number, page: 
p.225-236
Category: 
Abstract: 
Culture plays a prominent role in international relations. The concept of soft power has also become increasingly relevant for any foreign policy strategy. According to Nye (2011: 183), ‘[t]he soft power of a country rests heavily on three basic resources: its culture (in places where it is attractive to others), its political values (when it lives up to them at home and abroad), and its foreign policies (when others see them as legitimate and having moral authority)’. Culture is therefore a basic element in this day and age, in which outcomes are shaped not merely by whose army prevails but also by whose story and culture prevails.

Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council

Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations
City: 
Brussels
Volume, number, page: 
16 p.
Abstract: 
This Joint Communication proposed three pillars to advance work towards an EU Strategy for international cultural relations. First, the proposed guiding principles for EU action aim to ensure that EU action in this area promotes human rights, diversity, inter-cultural dialogue while respecting subsidiarity and complementarity and retaining policy coherence by promoting culture within existing partnership frameworks. The second pillar proposed three main strands to provide a focus for advancing cultural cooperation with partner countries, including: i) supporting culture as an engine for sustainable social and economic development; ii) promoting culture and intercultural dialogue for peaceful inter-community relations; iii) reinforcing cooperation on cultural heritage. The third pillar proposes a strategic EU approach to cultural diplomacy: including enhanced European cooperation (notably between EU Member States and EU Delegations) and inter-cultural exchanges to promote the diverse cultures of the EU.
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