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Who Speaks for Europe While We Wait for the Eu Foreign Minister?

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In terms of providing the EU with foreign policy leadership, the establishment of the post of a double-hatted Union Foreign Minister (FM) would represent a potentially significant step forward at a time when the Union is seeking a more active role on the world stage. If the EU is to fulfil its stated ambitions it needs to do better on legitimacy, while developing consistent, coherent and proactive foreign policy leadership. This requires the farsightedness and political entrepreneurship of a person with the political weight of Solana, but he/she must be embedded in an appropriate institutional framework. Yet nothing can be done without the backing of the Member States, which need to feel a sense of ownership over EU foreign policy. This chapter evaluates the present status of this 'trilemma,' taking as a point of departure the relevant provisions of the Constitutional Treaty.

Keywords: Constitutional Treaty; EU foreign policy; foreign policy leadership; Member States; Union Foreign Minister (FM)



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