Although the notion of a ‘European Foreign Policy’ (EFP) is currently an undisputed part of the study of European Union (EU) politics, it is a relatively recent addition to the disciplinary vocabulary of this field of research. Indeed, as recently as in the 1998 publication of the exhaustive Encyclopedia of the European Union, it is not even included as a subject-matter deserving to be defined or discussed by itself (Dinan 1998). The assumption underlying this omission is perhaps that since the phenomenon was presumed not to exist at that time, it did not merit attention as a topic or concept. This may or may not have been a credible stance to take a decade or so ago, even though one ...
European Foreign Policy
European foreign policy