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Differentiation in EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Policy: Between Coherence and Flexibility

Ramses A Wessel

in European Security Law

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218622
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696114 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218622.003.0010
Differentiation in EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Policy: Between Coherence and Flexibility

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This chapter analyses the variations in foreign, security, and defence policy as well as the consequences of a possible fragmentation on the positioning of the Union as a united global force. Since ‘security and defence policy’ is separated from ‘foreign and security policy’, one of the key questions concerns the dividing line between the two areas. Is it possible for Member States not to participate in the security and defence integration or does the single legal order of the Union prevents this variation? A second question concerns the more general possibilities for closer or enhanced cooperation. And, finally, a third question is to what extent the proposed new EU Constitutional Treaty further consolidates the somewhat fragmented legal regime on differentiation in the area of foreign, security, and defence policy.

Keywords: foreign policy; security policy; defence policy; EU Constitutional Treaty

Chapter.  11786 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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