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Helen Sjursen

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Chapter 10: The Common Foreign and Security Policy: Limits of Intergovernmentalism and the Search for a Global Role

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The Common Foreign and Security Policy: Limits of Intergovernmentalism and the Search for a Global Role
The common foreign and security policy: Limits of intergovernmentalism and the search for a global role
HelenSjursen1
Re-Defining Foreign and Security Policy

The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union is often overlooked and sometimes even ridiculed in studies of European integration. Until recently it was not unusual to argue that the EU did not have a foreign policy, that is, to describe the CFSP as a ‘myth’. Integrating in this area of so-called ‘high politics’ has often been described as synonymous with ‘surrendering sovereignty’ altogether. When put to the test, national perspectives seemed to prevail over efforts to conduct a common European foreign policy. Nonetheless, at the end ...

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