A great deal of discussion on interregionalism has centred on the EU’s past and present interregional relations. For instance, there is a long history of loose region-to-region relations between the EU and the ACP group of countries, which the new Cotonou Agreement and other EU-Africa frameworks have revised and developed. There is also a long history of interregional cooperation between the EU and ASEAN since the early 1970s. And from the 1990s onwards the EU further developed interregional cooperation as a key feature of external relations, albeit not always with a consistent formulation (Söderbaum and Stlgren 2010a; Baert et al. 2014). Most literature on the topic from the 1990s assumed that interregionalism was an integrative process promoting cosmopolitan values and, as such, constituted a building block of a single multilayered global governance architecture (Baert et al. 2014).
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