We are not used to seeing employment, social and inclusion issues as very visible components of external relations. Yet they have the potential to trigger historical events such as the Arab Spring. Issue 30 of Social Agenda dedicates a special feature to the social dimension of international relations. It shows how the EU seeks to promote inclusive, sustainable and job-rich growth in the countries that are negotiating their accession to the EU and in those that are further afield, as well as through the free trade and association agreements it signs with the rest of the world and through the active role it plays in international organisations. Moreover, Issue 30 features articles on how the EU is combating youth unemployment, seeks to better protect posted workers and intends to turn EURES into a genuine EU-wide employment and worker mobility instrument. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German.