The European union and the central American common market sign an association agreement: Pragmatism versus values?

Arantza Gomez Arana*

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Abstract

This article discusses the association agreement between the European Union and Central America signed in 2010. The importance of this agreement is crucial in international relations since it is the first successful association agreement between two regional groups that include trade, political dialogue and development aid. The central argument of this article sustains that the agreement was possible thanks to the efforts of the Spanish diplomatic team. However, this was not sufficient and the efforts of Central American countries were absolutely essential. The main events that influenced the agreement are analysed in order to find the reasons behind the agreement: the Spanish presidency; the bananas conflict between the EU, the US and Central American countries; and the political conflict in Honduras.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-63
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Foreign Affairs Review
Volume20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

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