Cultural Policies as European Union’s Tool of Soft Power

Sharing core norms and values
Jun 06, 2023 | Institute for Development and International Relations

The cultural identity of Europe is defined by a set of shared values, unity in diversity, guaranteeing peace, stability, solidarity, prosperity and security. In this brief by the Institute for Development and International Relations, Matea Roknic and Krševan Antun Dujmovic discuss the cultural policies of the European Union which, applying its soft power to strengthen its global influence, cooperates with organizations like UNESCO, the OECD and the Council of Europe. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 threatened many European cultural initiatives. The EU responded with Next Generation EU (NGEU) to ensure the allocation of financial resources to promote its culture, believing that this can advance democracy, equality and tolerance through cultural dialogue essential for the promotion and protection of human rights.

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