European Foreign Policy: Key Documents

European Foreign Policy: Key Documents

European Foreign Policy: Key Documents

European Foreign Policy: Key Documents

Synopsis

This book is the very first to collect together the key official documents tracing the development of European foreign policy from the end of the Second World War to the present day. It contains: *all important documents on European foreign policy from 1948 to the Kosovo crisis *material from major treaties such as The North Atlantic treaty, the treaty of Rome and the treaty of Amsterdam *European responses to major world events such as the Middle East peace process, the Falklands war and the Balkans crisis *detailed commentary and analysis of the documents providing a valuable political and historical context *many documents which are extremely difficult to obtain elsewhere. The unparalleled coverage makes this book an essential primary source for all those interested in European politics and International Relations.

Excerpt

This book is designed to fill a void long noticed by students of European foreign policy, the lack of a collection of the key documents produced by European Political Cooperation (EPC) and its successor, the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). the government of the Federal Republic of Germany helpfully produced a pocket-book of selected materials which ran into five editions in the 1970s and 1980s, but although free on demand this was not readily available, and it is now, indeed, out of print. More conventionally published was Professor J.A.S. Grenville’s The Major International Treaties 1914-73, but this first-class work has only limited space for the pre-history of epc. Individual works of commentary such as de Schoutheete (1986) or Pijpers, Regelsberger and Wessels (1988) also contain some useful documentary annexes, but they are not systematic—or easy to find. the European Political Cooperation Documentation Bulletin, published from Florence and Bonn intermittently since 1987, was a useful reference source but too unwieldy and expensive for everyday purposes. It has now moved online, and is an indispensable tool for rapidly tracing cfsp and related documents (The European Foreign Policy Bulletin). the Council of Ministers website also now contains cfsp documents.

The editors therefore hope that the audience for this work will be twofold: on the one hand, we aim to provide a collection of documents that the specialist on European international relations would find useful because it does not exist else-where and because he or she would otherwise have to do a lot of time-consuming work in tracking down documents such as the Fouchet Plans or the Stuttgart Solemn Declaration that are often hard to come by. On the other hand, we intend to furnish the person coming new to the subject with the basic texts on the subject, which can be used for documents-based coursework or dissertations. To this end we have provided a linking commentary (and cross-references) which should help the reader to understand the origins and context of each document, but we have not written long essays which would repeat the excellent material already available—a bibliography of which is given at the end of this Preface.

Selection is always difficult in an exercise of this kind, and there is a choice to be made between keeping the book manageable and ensuring that the treatment is professional and comprehensive. Our preference is for the latter. the criterion used is whether or not a given document enables a reader to understand why the European Community (EC)/European Union (EU) developed a foreign policy system in the way that it did, even if some documents are more indispensable than others to such an understanding. We have also taken an eclectic view of ‘European foreign policy’, not restricting ourselves wholly to epc or cfsp texts. On occasions

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