Dr Paul Irwin Crookes discusses the EU’s relations with China with former President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso

As part of their research for a forthcoming publication on the politics of the EU’s economic relations with China, Paul Irwin Crookes and his co-author John Farnell had the opportunity to interview Mr Barroso to gain insights into the former Commission President’s perspective on the state of relations between the European Union and China in this 40th anniversary year since the two powers established diplomatic relations.


Key themes explored in the interview included the evolution of the strategic partnership between the EU and China during the 10 years of Mr Barroso’s presidency of the European Commission as well as the likely future trends in the bilateral relationship.


Paul Irwin Crookes and John Farnell are finalising a book entitled The Politics of EU-China Economic Relations: Constraints on Cooperation in the 21st Century under contract with Palgrave Macmillan.