The EU Reform Treaty: Implications for the Common Foreign and Security Policy

Abstract

Most of the much-needed reforms for potent EU foreign policy survived the first round of negotiations on a new Reform Treaty. In a strengthened post of the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy most of the powers imbued on the Foreign Minister by the original Treaty will be kept intact. If no dramatic changes be made, the post of the External Relations Commissioner will also be merged with the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and he will still head the new External Action Service. In times of crisis during last few years there is nothing in the already existing treaties preventing the member states from giving the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy a stronger role.

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