Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Do member states want the EU model to succeed?

The EU should surely have a single view on key issues at the G8 Summit.

EU plans for a common foreign policy? Fifteen years ago the EU's Maastricht treaty called for a common foreign and security policy. Now France says a CFSP will probably take one or two generations to agree (see yesterday's blog).

"Member states do not always have clearly defined and shared geopolitical interests. Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Belgium, and the Netherlands still have their agendas and their relative position to the United States, as the 2003 Iraq intervention undoubtedly displayed." "Great and Medium Powers in the Age of Unipolarity", 11 May 2005

EU hopes for a common energy policy? Based on past experience, member states are increasingly going their own way:

"On April 11, . . . Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on eight different deals regarding cooperation in nano- and bio-technologies, education, and oil and gas transportation from Russia to Germany (via the planned Baltic pipeline). Russia was already Germany's most important non-E.U. commercial partner, but after these agreements, a new level of cooperation between the two countries is on its way to being accomplished."
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