Common foreign, security, and defence policy

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The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) objectives are an integral part of the overall objectives of the European Union and the policy area has developed from a purely intergovernmental form of cooperation in the days of the European political cooperation to an area in which the member states have increasingly accepted new forms of institutionalization. CFSP decisions are taken by the General Affairs Council, consisting of the ministers for foreign affairs of the member states. In spite of the growing pains in the development of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), the European Union has made significant strides in deploying crisis management operations. However, the issue of defining success of the CSDP is no longer measured in terms of merely launching missions, ensuring mission output, and gathering operational experience. Whenever a common policy does not prove possible, member states are free to pursue their own national foreign policies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to European Union Law and International Law
EditorsDennis Patterson, Anna Södersten
ISBN (Print)9780470674390
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series



  • METIS-296988
  • IR-101924


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