What does it mean?
What does it involve?
Why do governments care about it?

In the European Union, foreign affairs present challenging issues because each individual member state controls certain aspects of its own foreign policy. For example, the EU is in charge of trade policy, but the member states are in charge of their own defense policies.

These are some of the issues that arise as the EU’s foreign policy expands:

The EU’s foreign policy program is still developing, as it tries to sort out the above issues. Learn more about the EU and foreign affairs through the activities in this lesson!

Activity 1 A Foreign Affairs Brainstorming
Activity 2 About Europe’s External Relations
Activity 3 The European Union’s Global Partnerships
Activity 4 The EU and Trade

Extension: What is multilateral trade?

News Links

“US and Europe unite on Iraq aid”: from BBC News
“Croatia jumps queue to join EU”: from Times (London)
“Iran censured over nuclear probe”: from BBC News
“Agreed at Last”: from The Economist (on the role of foreign troops in Iraq)
“Most states will press ahead with integration”: from Times (London)