Since the end of the Cold War, attempts to define the international identity of the European Union in world politics have raised more questions than provided answers. Often described as weak, particularly because of its failure in formulating a clear foreign policy, despite the 2008 Lisbon Treaty, the European Union is now in an impasse. To be able to play a leading role in a multipolar international system, in which the United States is still the hegemon, and in which the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa appear to possess more and more influence, the European Union must choose what kind of power it wants to be. A European Union common foreign policy not being possible in many areas because the Member States are not - and do not want - to agree, the organization has to take a major decision: take a step forward in its integration process. In fact, in order to position itself as a major global player, the European Union needs a greater coherence in its external action, and for that the European institutional framework has to be reinforced and the political European engine re-boosted. The crises in Libya, Syria, Mali and Ukraine have, indeed, shown the need for more Europe.
Keywords: European Union – Foreign Policy – European External Action Service – Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) – Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Department:||International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||European Studies, International Relations|
|Keywords:||Common Security and Defense Policy, European Union, Foreign policy|
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