Europe in the world

Given the significant role of the European Union in bringing together the policies of most European countries (there are now 28 member states), this course will examine the issue of European foreign policy through the lens of EU integration. To what extent have EU member states constructed a coherent foreign and security policy? Is the European Union as a whole becoming a credible security actor with the ability not only to defend its common borders, but also to contribute to global security? The aim of the course is (a) to understand the foreign policy of the European Union and the political dynamics behind it, and (b) to be able to critically assess EU foreign policy. The course analyses the nature, history, institutional framework and policy-making practices of EU foreign policy and it evaluates the various facets of foreign policy. The course applies a broad understanding of ‘EU foreign policy', which encompasses the following facets: Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), external action (trade, development, enlargement, etc.) and the external dimension of internal policies.

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