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Leaderless Europe$
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Jack Hayward

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199535026

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535026.001.0001

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Security Policy and the Logic of Leaderlessness

Security Policy and the Logic of Leaderlessness

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(p.131) 7 Security Policy and the Logic of Leaderlessness
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Leaderless Europe
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Anand Menon (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535026.003.0008

Despite acute international tensions, the EU has failed to exert influence, especially in security matters most requiring heroic leadership. The EU has no defence responsibility or capability, and seeks indirect influence through the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the Anglo-French European Security and Defence Policy, and through other policies. The main actors are the Council Secretariat and the Political and Security Committee, but lack of clear institutional lines of authority results in disputes, notably over relations with NATO and policy implementation despite the efforts of the High Representative for foreign policy. Because foreign and security policy are member state responsibilities, the EU is condemned to leaderlessness and concentration on non-military tasks and ambitious schemes are unrealistic. It should reduce institutional overlap to achieve greater coherence in action.

Keywords:   international, foreign policy, security, defence, military, capability, NATO, Solana

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