Dr. Michal Natorski, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the CEFIR, has just published an article co-authored with Prof. Esther Barbé and Prof. Anna Herranz-Surrallés "Contending metaphors of the European Union as a global actor. Norms and power in the European discourse on multilateralism". The article was published in Journal of Language and Politics (2015, 14:1, pp. 18-40).
Abstract: The legitimacy crisis that existing institutions of global governance are undergoing has led the European Union (EU) to place the idea of "effective multilateralism" at the heart of its foreign policy doctrine. This article draws inspiration from debates on the notion of power in International Relations to expose the normative dilemmas behind multilateralism in EU foreign policy. To do this, the article systematically analyses the metaphors on the EU's role in global governance that are present in political speeches that address the question of multilateralism during the period 2004 to 2011. This analysis shows that the most sedimented metaphor on the EU's role as a promoter of multilateralism - the EU as MODEL - is precisely the one that entails the most serious normative concerns from the perspective of the ideal traits of multilateralism described in the literature.