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The EU’s External Action Service: Potentials for a one voice Foreign Policy

The EU’s External Action Service: Potentials for a one voice Foreign Policy

The creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) is one of the most significant changes introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon. Often referred to as the EU’s ‘Diplomatic Service‘, it is aimed at enabling greater coherence and efficiency in EU’s external action. On 1 December 2010 the EEAS started its work. Over the past three years, the EEAS has been variously criticised. Considering the uncertainties about the division of labour and responsibilities, some of the criticism is justified. Albeit, it will require more than a few bureaucratic changes to make the EEAS to speak with one voice. This book attempts not only to focus on the shortcomings concerning the implementation of the EEAS but it also reflects on the added values of the service. For academics and practitioners alike,... Show More
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