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Foreign and Security Policy in the European Union

Foreign and Security Policy in the European Union

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August 1998 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book provides a comprehensive overview of why European integration in foreign and security policy has proved so difficult. The obstacles to developing the common policy in this second pillar of the European Union go to the heart of debates around the sovereignty of the nation-state. A leading group of international contributors explain how these problems arise and consider the future prospects of developing a more regional-based solution.

Broadly organized around the three areas of policy, actors and issues, the first section traces the reluctant growth of EU integration in foreign and security policy as it developed from the mid-1980s. In the second section the national policies and interests that typically obstruct a common policy are explored through four key member states. The third section considers ways of addressing problems like the EU's expansion to include Central and Eastern Europe, the impact of an independent European security identity on the transatlantic relationship, as well as the potential risks to European security from the Mediterranean rim.

Kjell A Eliassen
The New European Foreign and Security Policy Agenda

G Pinar Tank
The CFSP and the Nation State
Marit Sj[sl]ovaag
The Single European Act
Arnhild and David Spence
The Common Foreign and Security Policy from Maastricht to Amsterdam
Catriona Gourlay and Eric Remacle
The 1996 IGC
The Actors and their Interaction

Yves Boyer
France and the European Project
Internal and External Issues

Reimund Seidelmann
The Security Policy of a Unified Germany
Michael Clark
British Security Policy
Esther Barb[ac]e
Spanish Security Policy and the Mediterranean Question
G Pinar Tank
Security Issues Emanating from the Mediterranean Basin
Esben Oust Heiberg
Security Implications of EU Expansion to the North and East
Pierre de Vestel
The Future of Armament Cooperation in NATO and the WEU
Kjell A Eliassen
European Foreign and Security Policy in the Future

`The chapters are well-written, providing very good summaries of the issues they address....Foreign and Security Policy in the European Union provides a good overview' - International Affairs

`[This book] is to be welcomed for shedding light on a relatively new and highly sensitive policy area' - European Foreign Affairs Review

`Few edited volumes are more than the sum of their parts, but this one is. The central question posed by this collection of essays is why closer harmonization in the EU's second pillar, Common Foreign and Security Policy [CFSP], is proving so difficult. The book responds to the question in three linked and mutually informing sections.... Eliassen has skillfully brought together a synergistic set of essays which leave the reader in no doubt about the complexity or magnitude of problems the EU faces in taking CFSP forward. In offering understanding rather than easy answers the book makes a valuable contribution to the literature.' - Political Studies

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