Research Handbook on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy
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Research Handbook on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy

Edited by Steven Blockmans and Panos Koutrakos

In times of rapid change and unpredictability the European Union’s role in the world is sorely tested. How successfully the EU meets challenges such as war, terrorism and climate change, and how effectively the Union taps into opportunities like mobility and technological progress depends to a great extent on the ability of the EU’s institutions and member states to adopt and implement a comprehensive and integrated approach to external action. This Research Handbook examines the law, policy and practice of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, including the Common Security and Defence, and gauges its interactions with the other external policies of the Union (including trade, development, energy), as well as the evolving political and economic challenges that face the European Union.
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Chapter 14: The nexus between CFSP/CSDP and the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

Panos Koutrakos


The interactions between AFSJ and CFSP have become increasingly pronounced. They are also dynamic and subject to adjustment, and must be viewed in the context of the prevailing political climate in the EU. The intensity of these interactions has already had an impact on the character of the CFSP: the latter has moved closer to the soft end of the security spectrum and is being instrumentalized in order to enable the EU to achieve objectives of other policies. Whilst it prevents the scope of CFSP from being impinged upon by other policies, the limited, so far, case law of the Court of Justice on the relationship between CFSP and AFSJ does not provide a clear yardstick that would enable the institutions to address legal basis questions with confidence.

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