With its 27 member countries, is the European Union (EU) able to conduct a common foreign policy that is more than the mere addition of coincidentally simular interests?
In the articles of Mathias Jopp, Peter Schlotter, and other authors, it is shown that the cliché of a quarreled Foreign Policy of the EU does not always match with reality.
The conclusion of the editors shows that with the diminishing chances of the member countries to influence globalization and world politics the EU, without doubt, develops its qualities as a collective actor in foreign politics.
"Kollektive Außenpolitik" (Collective Foreign Policy) has been published as No. 86 in the series "Europäische Schriften" (European writings). The volume presents the results of the project "Die Gemeinsame Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (GASP) der Europäischen Union - Intergouvernementales Netzwerk oder kollektiver Akteur?" (The EU's Common Foreign an Security Policy (CFSP) - Intergovernmental network or collective actor?). This joint project was conducted by PRIF (Prof. Dr. Peter Schlotter) and the Institute for European Politics (Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp). The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) sponsored this project.