Foreign Policies of EU Member States

Edited by Amelia Hadfield, Ian Manners, Richard G. Whitman

© 2016 – Routledge

280 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This text provides a clear and current overview of the motivations and outcomes of EU Member States regarding their foreign policy-making within and beyond the EU. It provides an in-depth analysis of intra-EU policy-making, and sheds light in an innovative and understandable way on the lesser known aspects of the inter-EU and extra-EU foreign policies of the 27 Member States.

The text has an innovative method of thematic organisation in which case study state profiles emerge via dominant foreign policy themes. The text examines the three main policy challenges currently faced by the 27 Member States.

First, EU Member States must cooperate within the mechanisms of the EU, including the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Intra-EU policy-making sees the states cooperating according to well-practised inter-governmental methods, but along supranational lines for a widening number of areas.

Second, EU Member States continue to construct their own inter-EU foreign policies. In other words, bilateral arrangements between EU Member States but largely independent of the treaties and structures of the EU itself

Third, is the sovereign prerogative exercised by all EU Member States to construct their own foreign policies on everything from trade and defence with the rest of the world However, in directing extra-EU foreign policies, EU Member States directly experience the tension between the practice of Europeanisation and the pull of sovereignty.

This combination of clarity, thematic structure and empirical case studies make this an ideal textbook for all upper-level students of European foreign policy, comparative European politics and European studies.


'An extremely useful and comprehensive overview of the current state of European foreign policy written in an accessible style by an experienced practioner with an excellent understanding of what is required in an introductory academic text.' - David Allen, Loughborough University, UK

'Much writing on European Foreign Policy falls into one of two camps. Either the account is bedeviled by an over preoccupation with detail or empirical reality is bypassed in favour of self referential theoretical debates. By contrast, Fraser Cameron drawing on his extensive experience as a practitioner has given us a masterly and wholly accessible account of the evolution of European Foreign Policy which will be required reading on EU courses.' - William E Paterson O.B.E., University of Birmingham, UK

On the eve of another crucial step on the long march towards a more robust European Union foreign policy capability under whatever form of new Treaty this book provides an excellent insider account - it describes in a pedagogic fashion the strength, the shortcomings and the organizational complexities of the EU's external action today. The book will be invaluable for all students engaged in European studies.' - Günter Burghardt - Ambassador (ret.), Visiting professor at the College of Europe and the University of Ghent, Belgium

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Intra, Inter and Extra-EU Foreign Policy-Making 2. Security and Defence I: Europeanists 3. Security and Defence II: Atlanticists 4. Border Zones I: Waves of Enlargement 5. Border Zones II: Transit & Energy 6. The Limits of Trade & Investment Policies of EU Member States 7. Development: Poverty-Reduction vs Securitization 8. Geopolitical Groups I: Northern Dimension and the Viségrad Group 9. Geopolitical Groups II: The Mediterranean and Island States 10. Geopolitical Groups III: EU and ENP 11. EU Norms at Work: Soft Power vs Hard Policy 12. Managing Foreign Policy in the EU: The Demands of Unity vs Enhanced Cooperation? 13. Outsiders

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General