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In it, the European Council commits to making more resources available and to better using those the EU already has at its disposal. It is important that announcements are now followed by actual deeds, but the conditions remain difficult.
At a time when, more than ever, the EU needs to act as a united international player in order not to become a pawn in the hands of major powers, the European member states are increasingly struggling to find the energy and political will to set aside their disagreements and focus on the European common interest.
Looking back on the ten years since the Lisbon Treaty became effective illustrates how difficult it remains to find the necessary consensus and support for joint foreign policy action within the CFSP framework. The EU often had no adequate answers to foreign policy crises, and its influence on the international system as a whole has declined. The reasons that have so far prevented a proactive and coherent European foreign policy are connected to the nature of foreign policy as a core element of national identity and sovereignty.
They are also deeply rooted in the structural inconsistency of supranational and intergovernmental elements in CFSP governance. In sum, CFSP suffers from. Today, the number of foreign policy challenges has massively increased. Given the limited influence that even the largest European countries have relative to major powers like the US or China, the EU is the only instrument European states will be able to use to advance some — if not all — of their most important foreign policy objectives.
Although the list of foreign policy challenges for the EU is long, four crucial areas stand out because they shake the very foundations of European foreign policy. In these areas, Europeans have only two options: collective empowerment or autonomous decline. They are:. In order to create a more effective Common Foreign and Security Policy, big institutional reforms, implying treaty changes, are currently not in the cards.
Nor is it likely that member states will show an increased willingness to hand over significantly more sovereignty to Brussels. They are not mutually exclusive, but present different options that should be followed flexibly depending on their prospect for success.
Rather, it is more important for member states and institutions to speak with one voice and for the measures taken to strengthen, rather than undermine, the cohesion of the EU. The Lisbon Treaty provides more scope for the Europeanization of foreign policy than is currently being used. In the coming years, European states might have to choose what is more important to them even more often: EU unity or the European ability to act. It might well be that the latter cannot be achieved with all 27 member states after Brexit.
Some European member states may be even more willing to move ahead with a selected group of like-minded partners that are ready to act together expediently. It is important to shape the coalitions in a way that does not undermine the cohesion of the EU The European Council should focus much more on foreign policy issues than is currently the case, and its president, Charles Michel, should steer this debate in a strategic way.
A good working method would be to discuss foreign policy objectives and strategy together in the European Council and then task a coalition of willing-and-able member states with their implementation, offering incentives. Discussing how to create a stronger CFSP — one that is more than the extended arm of national foreign policies — presupposes that the member states are actually prepared to grant real leadership to an actor that speaks and acts on behalf of the EU.
The Brexit negotiations serve as a role model for how such an approach can be successfully implemented, taking the interests of both the member states and the institutions into account. This method could also be applied to foreign policy. Josep Borrell, the next designated HR, may be able to lend more energy and charisma to European foreign policy in the future. He has considerably greater experience than his predecessor, Federica Mogherini, and is known for not shying away from conflict.
However, there should be realistic expectations from the outset since he will have only limited influence and shaping power. In terms of work share, Borrell should be tasked with a clear mandate from the member states to actually lead some important foreign policy portfolios and negotiate on behalf of the Union, as in the case of Mogherini and her predecessor Catherine Ashton with Iran.
One of his first priorities should be to start working on a follow-up document that revises the EU Global Strategy, making sure that member states fully buy in this time around.
The conditions for European foreign policy have changed radically in recent years. These international developments have hit the EU at a time when it is absorbed by a multitude of crises at home. Many states are paralyzed by domestic challenges.
After the financial crash and the subsequent crisis in the Eurozone, followed by the huge migrant influx, Europeans are deeply divided on essential political questions. There is little agreement about which goals they want to pursue through European integration. At a time when, more than ever, the EU needs to act as a united international player in order not to become a pawn in the hands of the great powers, European member states are increasingly struggling to find the energy and political will to set aside their disagreements and focus on the European common interest.
As a consequence, the EU has often had no adequate answers to foreign policy crises in recent years, and its influence on the international system as a whole has declined. In the process, it has achieved visible successes, notably the establishment of the Permanent Structured Cooperation PESCO and the European Defense Fund EDF , whose purpose is to jointly develop European defense capabilities, invest in shared projects, and enhance the operational readiness of armed forces. But while there has been some progress on European defense policy, the overarching diplomatic and foreign policy framework is still very much missing.
First, it takes stock of the state of CFSP ten years after the Treaty of Lisbon in order to shed light on the factors that have so far prevented a proactive and coherent European foreign policy that corresponds to the economic and political weight of the Union. It then gives recommendations to member states and EU institutions on the foreign policy areas the EU needs to prioritize in the next institutional cycle. Finally, it identifies ways to reform current governance structures to take CFSP forward and make it more effective.
The hope was that this would generate a new dynamic between the member states and EU institutions, with the overarching goal of more consistency and greater cohesion. To some extent, these changes have paid off. The EU has established a densely institutionalized system of foreign policy consultation and cooperation in Brussels.
Its foreign policy machinery now functions more efficiently and with less friction than before. For smaller member states in particular, EU missions abroad often provide access and knowledge that would not otherwise be available. There has also been a legal evolution of the CFSP in recent years, and an increase in the number of EU restrictive measures sanctions.
However, in many areas, the CFSP still falls short. The track record of the EU in crisis management over the past tumultuous decade is mixed at best. The EU has done well to maintain agreement on the jointly imposed sanctions against Russia following the annexation of Crimea despite wavering from some member states. The sanctions remain in force to this day. However, these successes are the exception rather than the rule, and some will probably be short lived.
The dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo has stalled since , and the EU has not managed to restart negotiations despite several attempts.
Unfortunately, the odds are not very good. The EU has had very little presence in the Middle East. It has been largely absent in Syria, which is, after all, the biggest crisis hotspot in its southern neighborhood and poses an enormous threat to the stability of the EU — in particular, through the large number of refugees leaving for Europe.
The fact is that the EU neither had the means nor the political will to play a decisive role in managing most of the foreign and security crises of the last ten years, not even in its own neighborhood. Consequently, all major strategic decisions in CFSP continue to be taken at the level of the heads of state and government: in the European Council. Furthermore, EU institutions still lack the power to prevent member states from pursuing their own independent foreign policies, which they are running in parallel to that of the Union, and which are shaped by their different geopolitical interests, threat assessments, socioeconomic aims, and historical trajectories.
Over the past ten years, divergent national points of view have frequently led to an uncoordinated cacophony instead of a common EU position. Although member states are obliged by the Lisbon Treaty to cooperate and coordinate their policies in order to achieve a higher degree of coherence in European foreign policy, this principle of loyal cooperation is de facto unenforceable.
If a single member state decides to break ranks and ignore a position that had previously been jointly agreed, the EU is a helpless bystander. This has prevented the EU from expressing a unified position in many critical cases, as the failure to adopt joint statements on China, Venezuela, or the INF Treaty has demonstrated.
On the one hand, Brussels institutions do not have the necessary power to successfully shape foreign policy because the member states do not want to give up crucial competences and sovereignty. Member states have twice appointed relatively low-profile figures who had little experience for the post of European foreign policy chief — Catherine Ashton and Federica Mogherini as HRs. These appointments can be explained by the unwillingness of the member states to underpin the strengthened position of the High Representative with a political heavyweight.
Many member states, in turn, doubt whether the post-Lisbon institutional setup has led to more efficiency and question the usefulness of the HR and the added value of the EEAS, making them even more reluctant to give up further competences and empower Brussels.
But if member states do not delegate competences to EU institutions and trust the HR and the EEAS more, these Brussels organizations will never be able to prove that they are better positioned to address collective problems than the member states.
Member states often do not see the added value of working through CFSP: Recent years have shown that member states often choose informal ways to cooperate on a minilateral basis, rather than use the formal institutional structures and procedures of the CFSP.
For member states, the added value of working through the CFSP framework has to be considerable to justify the hurdles. Firstly, since decisions have to be taken by consensus, the decision-making process is more cumbersome and much slower. Secondly, in the minds of national decision-makers, domestic political considerations carry a lot of weight. This makes it harder for national decision-makers to argue for the benefit of working through EU structures and to get public support — especially because the EU has so few foreign policy success stories to show, and political legitimacy is anchored at the national level.
After having made an evaluation of the relative effectiveness — and political expediency — of the various means at their disposal, member states have often preferred to make foreign policy initiatives on their own or in small, informal coalitions — even though they could have submitted initiatives directly to the Council to get the EU to take action.
This trend increases the risk that the EU framework will become arbitrarily interchangeable and that member states will start to look at the EU as just another one of the multilateral forums where they pursue their national foreign policy goals.
On the other hand, the establishment of an informal coalition of states was often the only possible way to address specific policy issues at all, such as when the EU — through its formal institutions or legal framework — was unable or unwilling to take action. The whole spectrum of EU external action goes far beyond the CFSP and includes trade and development policy, humanitarian aid, enlargement, and neighborhood policy, as well as external aspects of migration or environmental policy.
While the CFSP continues to be decided by the member states, the other areas are largely within the competence of the Commission. Even though the Lisbon Treaty tasks the High Representative, in his secondary capacity as Vice-President of the Commission, to ensure a certain coherence, there remains a lack of coordination between him, the member states, and the Commissioners in dealing with external competences.
However, work still needs to be done, especially since some of the most pressing foreign policy challenges include areas not strictly within CFSP — like trade wars, emerging technologies, or climate change. The ten years since Lisbon have shown how difficult it still is to find the necessary consensus, political will, and support for joint foreign policy action within the CFSP framework.
However, given the massive increase of foreign policy challenges and the limited influence that even the largest European countries have relative to major powers like the US or China, the EU is the only instrument through which European states will be able to advance some of their most important foreign policy objectives.
The list of foreign policy issues that the EU needs to tackle is long, including a better neighborhood policy and climate change. Nevertheless, four crucial areas stand out because they shake the very foundations of European foreign policy. If European leaders do not manage to come up with a strong collective response in these crucial policy areas, they will not be able to shape many other related policy areas according to their preferences.
The four crucial policy areas are:. It therefore lacks not only the mindset, but also the necessary tools and instruments — first and foremost, military capabilities.
The founding concept of the EU is the idea that the results of international cooperation are divisible, that international politics is not about who benefits most, but about everyone being better off when cooperating with each other. This means that the EU is currently not in line with the trend of the times. While the EU has thought of itself as an export model that would shape its neighborhood in its own image, it must now come to terms with the fact that it does not necessarily embody the most compelling idea of what the world will be like.
Instead, the EU must adapt to things it thought would never happen. It needs to develop a strategy to defend its interests more robustly and to become more resilient so as not to turn into an anachronism. The EU Global Strategy took into account that the world had become more contested and conflictual. But it remained vague about what resilience means in practice, how it can be made operational, and what resources it takes.
Additionally, the concept of resilience needs to be further operationalized. Of course, mapping out such a strategy is not enough.
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In it, the European Council commits to making more resources available and to better using those the EU already has at its disposal. It is important that announcements are now followed by actual deeds, but the conditions remain difficult. At a time when, more than ever, the EU needs to act as a united international player in order not to become a pawn in the hands of major powers, the European member states are increasingly struggling to find the energy and political will to set aside their disagreements and focus on the European common interest. Looking back on the ten years since the Lisbon Treaty became effective illustrates how difficult it remains to find the necessary consensus and support for joint foreign policy action within the CFSP framework. The EU often had no adequate answers to foreign policy crises, and its influence on the international system as a whole has declined. The reasons that have so far prevented a proactive and coherent European foreign policy are connected to the nature of foreign policy as a core element of national identity and sovereignty. They are also deeply rooted in the structural inconsistency of supranational and intergovernmental elements in CFSP governance.
Challenging this view, we argue that CFSP is a policy like any other and therefore can be analysed by approaches used to study EU public policy more generally. Some of these norms enter the category of soft law, and are supposed to be complied with even if the European Court of Justice has no — or not much — competence in the field. Drawing on two strands of literature, the literature on soft law and the one on non-compliance with EU law, we focus on compliance with CFSP norms at the domestic level. Our aim is to develop a coherent approach, which allows us to explain why national administrations do — or do not — comply with CFSP soft law. Our model is based on four hypotheses pertaining to the presence or absence of legal and non-legal sanctions, the number of veto players, the financial stakes and the normative distance between the European rule and the norm hitherto defended by the national administrations. We apply this model to four Member States Germany, Greece, Poland and the UK , using secondary literature to find examples of national resistance and suggest possible explanations for this resistance. Other examples will be given by the other articles in this special issue, which we refer to at the end of this introductory article.
Developments in the European Union pp Cite as. Traditional analyses of the Common Foreign and Security Policy CFSP fall into three distinct groups: institutional and historically descriptive accounts; theoretical approaches; and specific case studies. The organizing principle behind this chapter avoids this compartmentalization. Seven key CFSP questions are presented that link both empirical and theoretical issues and provide a basis for further analysis. These questions are: Who makes EU foreign policy? Why is there an EU foreign policy?
CFSP deals only with a specific part of the EU's external relations , which domains include mainly Trade and Commercial Policy and other areas such as funding to third countries, etc. Decisions require unanimity among member states in the Council of the European Union , but once agreed, certain aspects can be further decided by qualified majority voting. However, since , the European Union is responsible for implementing missions such as peacekeeping and policing of treaties. Co-operation in international trade negotiations, under the EU's Common Commercial Policy , dates back to the establishment of the community in This includes promoting international co-operation, respect for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.
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