Towards a common foreign and security policy

Achievements and challenges

Authored by: Helene Sjursen

Routledge Handbook of European Politics

Print publication date:  January  2015
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415626750
eBook ISBN: 9781315755830
Adobe ISBN: 9781317628361


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In the sphere of global politics, the European Union (EU) is perhaps best known for its failures. 1 It is described as an inefficient foreign policy actor, incapable of pulling its weight without the support of third parties. In situations of international crisis, it is argued, EU member states never manage to agree on what should be done. And when they occasionally do agree on something, they are dependent on the military capabilities of the United States to accomplish it.

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