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  1. Introduction.
  2. Definitions of the main concepts.
    1. What does 'common foreign and security policy' mean?
    2. What does 'economic cooperation' mean?
  3. Comparative political analysis.
    1. Have foreign, security policy and economic cooperation policy been a priority for the European Union?
    2. Has there been consensus among different European states about foreign and security policy and economic cooperation policy?
    3. Is there any adjustment of foreign and security policy and economic cooperation policy as regards non-European states or foreign organizations?
    4. Have foreign and security policy and economic cooperation policy been shaped by particular politicians?
    5. Is there effective organization of foreign and security policy and economic cooperation policy?
  4. Conclusion.
  5. Bibliography.

One of the most important discussions in the modern-day European Union concerns the lack of effectiveness of common foreign and security policy. As the Union moves towards integration, creating such a policy has become one of its most pressing concerns. I shall consider this question in detail in this paper by considering the following question: ?Why has common foreign and security policy been so much more difficult to organise than economic cooperation?? To answer to this question, it is important to carry out a comparative political analysis of the foreign and security area on the one hand, and the economic area on the other.
However, ?Foreign and security policy? and ?Economic cooperation? must first be discussed in more detail.
The main questions are: - Have foreign and security policy and policy regarding economic cooperation been a priority for the European Union? Has there been consensus among different European states about foreign and security policy and economic cooperation? - Has there been any alteration of foreign security policy and economic cooperation policy when applied to non-European states or foreign organizations? - Has foreign and security policy and economic cooperation policy been directed by particular political figures? - Have foreign and security policy and economic cooperation policy been well conducted?

[...] Has there been consensus among different European states about foreign and security policy and economic cooperation policy? Since 1955, there have been different points of view among member states concerning a common foreign and security policy. For example: - They are divided on the idea of relinquishing more control over foreign policy to EU institutions. Some European states do not want to be bound by a collective foreign and security policy because they are afraid that coordination will interfere with the freedom of member states to address matters of national rather than of European interest (John, McCormick 1999, 203). [...]


[...] - Peterson, John and Sjursen, Helene A Common foreign policy for Europe? London: Routledge - Soetendorp, Ben Foreign policy in the European Union : theory, history and practice. London: Longman. - Smith, Hazel European Union foreign policy: what it is and what it does. London : Pluto. - Smith, Karen E The making of EU Foreign Policy. London: MacMillan. - Viola, Donatella M European Foreign Policy and the European Parliament in the 1990s: An investigation into the role and voting behaviour of the European Parliament's political groups. [...]


[...] To tackle this failure of foreign and security policy, different solutions should be taken and mainly in three areas (Simon J., Nuttall 2000, 257): - The nature and content of common positions and joint actions and the extent to which common foreign and security policy. - The financing of the CFSP. - And finally, the degree of commitment of the Member States. Bibliography Books - Clarke, Michael and Hague, Rod European defence co-operation: America, Britain and NATO. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [...]

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