The EU Common Foreign and Security Policy Analytical Essay

The EU Common Foreign and Security Policy
Looks at the foreign policy, security and defense branches of the European Union (EU) to determine their effectiveness.
# 128378 | 1,725 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | GB
Published on Jul 18, 2010 in History (European - 20th Century) , European Studies (European Union)

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This paper first describes the original goals for the formation of the European Union (EU). Next, the author traces the history of the establishment and actions of the foreign policy, security and defense branches of the EU, which are hampered by constant evolution. The paper underscores that European defense policy and all areas of foreign policy within the EU have never appeared to have been focused on the potential military might of a united Europe because that would contradict the reasons for the states of Europe to bond together in the first place.

From the Paper:

"The year 1991 saw the negotiation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy. The completion of the Single Market brought forth - particularly from France and Germany, the argument that it was now time to concentrate on the Political union of Europe, as well as economically and monetarily, for the EMU (Economic and Monetary Union) was now up and running. Divisions were rife throughout the Union not only in terms of those who wished to speed up the process of integration and those who wanted to keep decision making on such issues in the hands of member states."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cameron, F. (1999) The Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union past, present and future. Sheffield: Sheffield academic press.
  • European Defence Agency. (2008, May 29th). Retrieved June 8th, 2010 from Europa website:
  • Hunter, E. (2002). The European Security and Defence Policy: NATO's companion - or competitor? Santa Monica: RAND.
  • McCormick, J. (2008) Understanding the European Union : A Concise Introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Origins of WEU: from the Brussels Treaty to the Paris Agreements (1948-1954). (n.d.) Retrieved June 8th, 2010, from Western European Union website :

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