Present Foreign Policy Arrangements & Weapons

  • Peter Coffey
Part of the International Studies in Economics and Econometrics book series (ISEE, volume 35)


As the world’s most important trading bloc (responsible for over 40 per cent of all world trade), it was both logical and desirable that the European Union, then the European Economic Community, would develop its own common international trading personality and policy. This it has done so successfully, that, for example in the successive rounds of multilateral trade negotiations (conducted in the framework of the GATT), the two main protagonists are the EU and the USA. It is therefore this common trading policy that is the most consistent Community foreign policy arm of the EU and longest-standing. But this foreign policy is largely the result of the Community’s own internal structure and policies — as well as the historical links which Member States have with countries and territories throughout the world.


Foreign Policy World Country Common Agricultural Policy European Economic Community Main Protagonist 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Coffey
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  1. 1.University of St. ThomasMinneapolisUSA

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