Troika

Troika in Europe

Description of Troika

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes troika in the following terms: [1] Before the Treaty of Amsterdam, the troika consisted of the current presidencyof the Council of Ministers, together with its immediate successor and predecessor, the point being to provide continuity to EU foreign policy. This was no easy matter, as was illustrated by the 1998 Iraqi crisis, when the presidency was held by the UK, which supported the USA in threatening the use of force against the dictator Saddam Hussein, while the previous incumbent was Luxembourg, which supported compromise, and the next one would be the neutralist Austria. The Treaty of Amsterdam reconstituted the troika to consist now of the Council presidency, the Commission president and the ‘High Representative’ of the Council – a step towards weakening the prerogatives of the member states in foreign and security affairs. (See also Common Foreign and Security Policy.)

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Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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