EU foreign policy once existed in the form of the European Political Cooperation with only a limited political leverage and symbolic institutional underpinnings. In recent years rapid changes have occurred, including an expanding institutional apparatus, increased responsibility and growing demand for action.

This book examines new approaches to the EU’s foreign policy that address its rapidly changing character, presenting the newest theoretical perspectives and dealing with novel empirical developments. Rather than simply considering structural variations and changes in the agency of the EU, it explores the new complexity in EU foreign policy. The authors offer new theoretical perspectives and new empirical studies dealing, among others, with issues such as:

  • Power delegation to the Commission.
  • EU diplomacy.
  • Parliamentarisation and constitutionalisation.
  • Committees’ involvement in foreign policy process.


This book will be of interest to students and scholars of European politics, European foreign policy and European integration.

chapter 1|14 pages

Why is there a need for new approaches to EU foreign policy?

ByIreneusz Paweł Karolewski, Maciej Wilga

part Part I|128 pages

Internal perspectives on EU foreign policy

chapter 2|21 pages

The EU's ‘external action’ according to the Lisbon Treaty

Institutional choices and their explanations
ByFinn Laursen

chapter 3|18 pages

Approaches to delegation in EU foreign policy

The case of the Commission
ByHylke Dijkstra

chapter 4|30 pages

The High Representative and the European External Action Service

Towards institutional coherence in the Eastern Partnership
ByMonika Sus

chapter 5|20 pages

The committee approach to the CFSP/CSDP

The characteristics, profiles and working habits of EU diplomats
ByNicola Chelotti

chapter 6|19 pages

The practice of diplomacy and EU security policy

ByMai’a K. Davis Cross

chapter 7|18 pages

Parliamentarization approaches

Parliamentary control in EU foreign policy
ByKolja Raube

part Part II|96 pages

Challenges and choices in external perspectives on EU foreign policy

chapter 8|18 pages

Normative power and military means

The case of the EU in FYR Macedonia
ByTrineke Palm

chapter 9|15 pages

A post-modern foreign policy

Can EU foreign policy make a difference in world politics?
ByDieter Mahncke

chapter 10|20 pages

The anomie of EU Eastern enlargement

Rhetorical action in diffuse decision contexts
ByThomas Mehlhausen

chapter 11|24 pages

External democracy promotion as a means of EU foreign policy

ByIrene Hahn-Fuhr

chapter 12|17 pages

Turkey and the European Union

Partners in foreign policy cooperation in the South Caucasus
ByMeltem Müftüler-Baç, Aybars Görgülü

part Part III|35 pages

New approaches to EU foreign policy

chapter 13|33 pages

EUFP empirical complexity, theoretical plurality and new approaches to EU foreign policy

ByMaciej Wilga, Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski