The Foreign Policy of the European Union


This book gives a comprehensive account of the European Union’s foreign policy. Moving beyond the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy, it demonstrates the scope and diversity of the EU’s foreign policy and shows how areas such as trade, development, environment and energy are inextricable elements of it. The book examines the EU’s key foreign relations – with its neighbourhood, with the US, China and Russia, and with the emerging powers – and argues that the EU’s foreign policy needs to be understood not only as a response to crises and conflicts, but also as a means of shaping international structures and influencing long-term processes. Setting its analysis in historical context, this second edition has been updated throughout to take account of contemporary developments following the Lisbon Treaty, and will continue to be an invaluable guide to understanding EU foreign policy.


‘Distinguished by its extremely complete and far-reaching analysis, this is the ideal book for any course on the External Relations of the EU.’ — Otto Holman, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands


1. The Nature of EU Foreign Policy
2. European Integration and Foreign Policy: Historical Overview
3. The EU’s Foreign Policy System: Actors
4. The EU’s Foreign Policy System: Policy-making
5. EU Foreign Policy and National Foreign Policy
6. Key Issues in EU Foreign Policy
7. The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
8. The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)
9. Trade, Development and Other External Action
10. The External Dimension of Internal Policies
11. EU Foreign Policy towards its Neighbourhood
12. Competition with Major Powers: The US, Russia, China, Emerging Powers and Islamism
13. The EU and Multilateral Organizations
Conclusions: Theorizing EU Foreign Policy

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