EU International Relations

EU International Relations in Europe

European Union Relations with the Rest of the World

Introduction to EU International Relations

One of the major objectives of the European Union is to speak with one voice and to have a unified policy position on world issues. This has been easier to achieve in economics and trade than on political problems. Bilateral and multilateral trade agreements have been signed between the EU and most developing countries. Common political positions, however, have been hindered by conflicts between national interests, despite close collaboration among EU member states and the development of common foreign policy statements.

Such collaboration has not always resulted in common action. EU countries were divided over the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the post-1991 crises in the former Yugoslavia, and future relations with Russia and Eastern Europe. In each instance, differences arose between members over how and to what extent the EU should become involved in foreign policy problems, and what the results of any EU action would be for members’ economies and political relationships.” (1)


Notes and References

  • Information about EU International Relations in the Encarta Online Encyclopedia
  • Guide to EU International Relations

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