In so far as debate exists on the governance of Europe in the early twenty-first century, it is conducted in parochial terms. The European order emerged from the settlement of the Cold War and has been consolidated through the adaptation and enlargement of the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). These bodies do not represent the totality of Europe's security governance nor are they the sole expression of the broader phenomenon of a European security community. Yet they are, without doubt, among its most important defining features, to which there is now ‘no serious revisionist challenge’. Neither NATO nor the EU can simply be characterised as practising a politics of exclusion. In broad terms, enlargement, partnership and association have typified an equally important politics of inclusion. While the categories of region, institutionalisation and compliance used to examine security governance in many ways approximate the EU/NATO boundary, to some degree they also extend beyond it.
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