The Foreign Policy of the European Union


This authoritative text gives a comprehensive account of the European Union's foreign policy. Moving beyond the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy, the authors demonstrate the scope and diversity of the EU's foreign policy and show how areas such as trade, development, environment and energy are inextricable elements of it.

The book examines the EU's key foreign relations ­ - with its neighbourhood, with the US, China and Russia, and with the emerging powers - and argues that the EU's foreign policy needs to be understood not only as a response to crises and conflicts, but also as a means of shaping international structures and influencing long-term processes. Setting its analysis in historical context, this second edition has been updated throughout to take account of contemporary developments following the Lisbon Treaty, and will continue to be an invaluable guide to understanding EU foreign policy.

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About the authors

Stephan KEUKELEIRE is Jean Monnet Professor at Leuven International and European Studies (LINES) of the University of Leuven, Director of its 'Master in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives', and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.

Tom DELREUX is Professor of EU Politics at the Institut de sciences politiques Louvain-Europe (ISPOLE) of the University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve), Belgium.

Stephan KEUKELEIRE & Tom DELREUX, Palgrave Macmillan, 408p, 2014