The European Union and the BRICS: Wither the ambition of a just global order?
In this report, Helene Sjursen duscusses how much common ground it is possible to find between the BRICS and the EU with regard to what should be the core features of future global order.
This report discusses how much common ground it is possible to find between the BRICS and the EU with regard to what should be the core features of future global order. Rather than contesting multilateralism en bloc, the BRICS are sceptical to certain elements in the EU’s multilateral approach. Most importantly, they are reluctant to give people a strong legal status as legitimate claimants of justice within multilateral institutions. There are, however, significant differences within and between the perspectives of the BRICS nations. And, sometimes, the expectation of solidarity appears as more important than the principle of non-interference. This suggests there are some possibilities for building future partnerships in the work for a reformed multilateralism.