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Making EU Foreign Policy

National Preferences, European Norms and Common Policies

Making EU Foreign Policy by Daniel C. Thomas
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As the European Union seeks to become a major player in world affairs, sceptics question the EU's ability to overcome differences in the outlooks and policy preferences of its member states. How then, and under what conditions, can the EU agree on strong common foreign policies that rise above the lowest common denominator? This book provides a novel theoretical explanation and fourteen detailed case studies of how EU member states often reach agreement by pursuing their national interests in a manner which takes into account the values and commitments they have already articulated together. The case studies include diplomatic and security issues, enlargement, trade, development and environmental protection. The book concludes with four commentaries on the project's implications for future research on EU foreign policy. Contributors include noted scholars of EU governance, foreign policy and international relations from across Europe and the US.
Palgrave Macmillan; May 2011
253 pages; ISBN 9780230307360
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Title: Making EU Foreign Policy
Author: Daniel C. Thomas