Is an EU common foreign policy possible?

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Yes, because most EU member states share the same values about world justice.
6% (3 votes)
Yes, because member states share an interest in an increasingly integrated European economy.
56% (29 votes)
No, because member states have different national economic and political interests.
37% (19 votes)
No, because national government leaders have different electoral interests.
2% (1 vote)
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Yes, because member states share an interest in an increasingly integrated European economy.
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On 16 November, 2018 at the closing session of the Kimberley Process plenary HR/VP Federica Mogherini conveyed a crucial message that EU should elaborate the roadmap to further reinforcing intergovernmental cooperation, partnerships between governments and local communities, between the private sector and the civil society for healing EU common security. Importantly, she emphasized on cross-countries’ partnership as well as new forms of regional and international cooperation for achieving ultimate common goals. Currently, deep structural reasons for the EU’s inability to respond adequately to a deteriorating security environment are aggravated by Brexit, Germany-France’s domineering strategy. Consequently, solidarity among member states needs to be built incrementally through the shared experience of common action. Increasing the overall agility should bring ringing the member states together. Only while building alliances to defend global governance, establishing experienced and skilled institutions would build the confidence and aspiration that would yield effective international engagement. Thus, the EU should reconsider itself as the vanguard of liberal inter-governmentalism, in which multilateral diplomacy should create sophisticated rules-based regimes regulating all dimensions of globalized exchanges and cooperation. Internal policies to act in the national interest of all economically interdependent both countries and local communities will become the precondition of EU collective security.
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I think that a common foreign policy is possible. There are various reasons why member states are interested in developing the European economy and common foreign policy is a component, a method that can provide it. In addition, there is a trade agreement, a common EU security and defence policy for common cooperations. And it is a part of the EU's foreign policy in the economic and security sphere. As for me, powerful countries like Germany or France have to create a favourable climate for the dissemination of a common foreign policy. But some countries, member states, can ignore it due to their own policies and priorities.
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My answer is number 3. The politically correct answer is 1. EU, even they confront with Brexit, is an expandable organism. So this option must have proper propaganda. Since the beginning of time, any state or confederation who want to become more prominent, use diplomacy and arms to achieve the goal. Resources or territories are conquered in new ways. Developed countries from EU need resources and new markets to exploit. Foreign policy is an attribute which is used and is promoted by strong members as the best for the entire union. So people need to know what a healthy organism is Europe and all actions are unanimous approved. The economic and political decision of some members prevails propaganda.
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Is an EU common foreign policy possible? For me, it is not, because member states have different national economic and political interests. Yes, all the EU countries are situated geopolitically close to each other, mentality and entity of its citizens resembles each other, there are a lot of spheres which are regulated with common efforts from great number of the EU countries. But, the main topic is that, as a rule, foreign policy is formed from home policy of its states. Internal polisy is unbearably and at the same time marvellously different among the EU countries. In my opinion, it is not because of diverse natural conditions, different natural resources or orientation of states but because of various policy of its governments and geopolitical vectors. Since European countries started their contribution of weapons and irresistible invasion in the Middle East the level of hatred and number of warfares had increased drastically. All the heads' countries' speeches just dress up the truth and tremendously continue to work on their interests. What about 3.5 billion dollars on tanks from France, 9.2 million euros on bombs from Spain and 12 billion dollars on armoured vehicles from Canada? But against all odds, eventually, i do believe that the EU countries can cooperate together against the process of spreading war and terrorism as well as they contribute weapons in the Middle East.
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I think that a common foreign policy is not possible and My answer is number 4.National government leaders realy have different electoral interests. Leaders of every country makes foreign policy together and they have different: interests inside their countries,their electorates and interests of their "own pockets". It is not possible to be good for everyone at the same time, that is why some states want one type of foreign policy and another states wants another type of foreign policy.Аnd even if the leaders of the countries pretend to lead a common policy then I think that in reality it is not quite so. I would like to believe that the answer 1 or at least 2 will be correct soon.
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In my opinion, the most important issue on the agenda of the EU is Common Foreign policy. The general government tries to install, regulate and implement in life 4 mutual instruments ofor foreign policy: military power, economy, propaganda and diplomacy. Naturally, every single member of the EU preferes to control and rule of all the process by empowerment their national authorities. Maybe it is because of increasing the value of euroskepticism or whatever. Anyway the common foreign policy allows and widen opportunities and powers of the EU, besides member states share their national interests for preventing misunderstanding and disorder inside the organization. My conclusion is common foreign policy is possible only in the case member states relinquish their deference of national economics and individual political interests.
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A window for significantly strengthening EU foreign policy might be opening. Foreign policy has never been a driving force of integration but a complementary activity that depended to a large extent on developments in the core areas. Not only are many of the key instruments, such as trade or development assistance, intrinsically linked to foreign policy, but also the EU’s ambition as an external actor as well as its influence are functions of the economic and political dynamism of the union. The prospects for the EU’s future have recently begun to brighten. A sustained economic recovery appears to be under way. This by itself will help to rebuild the EU’s international influence and soft power. The long list of countries eager to conclude trade agreements with the EU shows this clearly.
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To my mind although the European foreign and security policy does not replace national foreign policy, it is worth talking about their close ties and even splicing. This process is called the need to enhance the EU's ability to respond to crises the phenomena of the present, of the common external and security policy, underlining the comprehensive role of the EU as a Country Policy Coordinator. Today the geopolitical situation demands from the member states The EU to move away from the declarative form of cooperation and certain to intensify the implementation of joint external and security policy. The key problem in the context the integration of foreign policy of individual European powers is the reluctance of large countries to abandon their own political capacity in this area, which impedes the process of strengthening the status The EU as a holistic international player and balancing between national and global interests.
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In my opinion close cooperation between the governments of the member states in the field of foreign policy is an actual step towards its "solidarity". This process aims to affirm the perception of the European Union as a subject considered in international relations and world politics, which is important in view of the domination of the United States. The common foreign policy is the most difficult to reconcile issues of external relations, as they relate to an extremely important and at the same time delicate question of the sovereignty of states. The European Union will continue to move forward by deepening and expanding integration in all spheres, including the common foreign policy, security and defense policy, but not as dynamically as before.
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