The Participation of Members and Non-members in EU Foreign, Security and Defence Policy

R. A. Wessel*

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The idea of a common policy is, firstly, that it includes all Member States, and, secondly that it should include EU members only. The present contribution aims to assess how the Union has attempted to overcome the tension between the ambition to create a common foreign policy as a clear Union policy, and the need to pragmatically accept the fact that not all Member States are always onboard (and that third states sometimes are). The notion of ‘EU membership’ is thus approached from two different angles: 1. to what extent does EU membership entail the demand that all Member States agree to and implement CFSP decisions; and 2. to what extent is it legally possible for third states to participate in CFSP?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Evolving Nature of EU External Relations Law
EditorsW.T. Douma, C. Eckes, P. Van Elsuwege, E. Kassoti, A. Ott, R.A. Wessel
Place of PublicationThe Hague
PublisherT.M.C. Asser Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6265-423-5
ISBN (Print)978-94-6265-422-8
Publication statusPublished - 25-Jan-2021

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