FIIA Comment

FIIA Comment 14 (2011)   

European daydreams and Chinese whispers:
What the EFSF saga tells us about EU-China-relations

Publicerad 17.11.2011

Mikael Mattlin
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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European leaders’ call for China to invest in complicated financial constructions during the eurozone crisis is symptomatic of recurring themes in EU-China relations: EU leaders repeatedly send mixed messages, simultaneously appearing both condescending and weak, while failing to understand China’s motivations.