The EU's role and performance within the G20 in the area of finance and development

Year of publication: 2014
Author(s): Peter Debaere
Appeared in: The European Union as a diplomatic actor
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan



Debaere assesses the role and performance of the EU during G20 meetings. More precisely, he reviews and explains processes of EU coordination in the context of the G20 and examines if internal coherence advances or compromises external impact. Therefore, he departs from insights on EU participation in the G8. Illustrated by two case studies on financial affairs and development cooperation, this chapter adds to the evidence that the strategy of speaking with a single voice is not always appropriate. By introducing the mode of interaction during G20 meetings as a key variable, the chapter tries to specify in which contexts this strategy could or could not work.