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From the CFSP overview:
The idea that the European Union should speak with one voice in world affairs is as old as the European integration process itself. But the Union has made less progress in forging a common foreign and security policy over the years than in creating a single market and a single currency. The geopolitical changes following the collapse of communism, and the outbreak of regional crises in the Balkans and beyond, have led EU members to redouble their efforts to speak and act as one.


The Lesson of Yugoslavia

The principle of a common foreign and security policy (CFSP) was formalised in the Maastricht treaty of 1992. But by that time war had broken out in former Yugoslavia. The Union tried unsuccessfully to broker a diplomatic deal to end the fighting. Without a European intervention capacity, EU countries could only intervene as part of the UN peacekeeping force and subsequently, under US leadership, as part of a Nato force - as they did in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The lessons of the Balkan conflicts have not been lost. The Union has acted since then on both the diplomatic and security fronts.


First ESDP missions

It is perhaps fitting that the first three ESDP missions have been in the former Yugoslavia, the scene of earlier frustrations.

Of course I am taking the "creation myth" of the CFSP at face value. but I don't have any alternative narrative to offer. Maybe others do.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 18th, 2006 at 05:08:10 PM EST
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