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Department of Political Science and Public Administration


Doctoral Dissertation in progress

«Black swan event: Brexit, European Union, and E.U.-China relations»

Commencement date: July 12, 2023


The proposed dissertation seeks to answer the question, "To what extent has Brexit impacted EU-China relations?" Brexit stands out as a significant political occurrence in the UK, marking a crucial milestone in European integration. It also has substantial consequences for the relationship between major world powers. The EU and China have been vital trade and economic allies for many years, wielding considerable influence in the global arena. In the aftermath of Brexit, it is clear that the relationship between the EU and China is being adjusted, which could have a significant impact on the way they interact in the future.

By utilizing content analysis, this research will present an overview of this startling occurrence and its consequences, in order to ascertain how it has changed Europe, what amendments have been made to EU policy, as well as the impact on EU-China relations. Meanwhile, it will investigate EU-China relations before and after 2016 and elucidate the triangular relationship between the UK, EU, and China. Both qualitative and quantitative data are considered.

Finally, the Chinese perspective provides us a distinct exposition differing from that of the UK and EU. It is imperative for Greek academic circles to explore the potential impact of Brexit on EU-China interactions, particularly considering the rising Chinese presence in Greece.