Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyze the potential of partnerships of the European Union (EU) with two of the so-called BRIC countries, i.e. Brazil and India. Design/methodology/approach The scope of analysis will be the EU vis-à-vis Brazil and India, using two types of trade liberalization: bilateralism/regionalism and multilateralism. Findings It is found that Brazil and India want to become more important players; yet, they seem to lean against “old” powers (mainly the USA), and tend to focus on south-south regionalism. Research limitations/implications The present study provides a starting-point for further research on the relationship between the European Union and the new leading powers. Originality/value This paper offers practical information to anyone interested in the role of Brazil and India in their relations with the EU, bilaterally/regionally and multilaterally.
- European Union
- International relations
- International trade
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Industrial relations
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
- Political Science and International Relations