TFPD Transatlantic Foreign Policy Discourse (TFPD)  

  A Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik Project 

Working Groups

Past Working Groups 2002-08

  Post-Conflict Management
The Role of Islamists
State's Economic Role
Transatlantic Security
  China's Rise
Russia, USA and the EU
Military Transformation
Balkans Politics
EU Enlargement
States at Risk
Military Co-operability
Middle East
Meetings & Reports
Partners Organizations


New Stimulus or Integration Backlash? EU Enlargement and Transatlantic Relations (2003/04)


arrow Meetings & Reports

Group Leader:
arrow Dr. Andreas Peter Maurer

Key SWP Participant:
arrow Kai-Olaf Lang


arrow Publications

arrow Partner Organization:
American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)

After EU enlargement and the conclusion of the Convention on the future of the EU, the U.S. will face a more challenging EU - with respect to its size, socio-economic, political and strategic importance. A key question is whether the EU will maintain its capability to act, especially in fields with high relevance for transatlantic relations such as the Common Foreign and Security Policy(CFSP)/European Security and Defense Policy(ESDP), armaments cooperation, trade and the international fight against organized crime and terrorism.

The future EU members from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) will try to insert their specific foreign policy and security goals into Europe's foreign and security policies. Many CEE countries give high priority to close ties with the U.S. and the maintenance of strong transatlantic bonds. Therefore, they may be opposed to any sort of integrated European foreign policy and security efforts which could further Euro-Atlantic decoupling. The CFSP will either become more "Atlanticist" after enlargement or Eastern Atlanticists will have to adjust to the framework of CFSP/ESDP. If neither occurs, a new pro-American caucus in the bigger EU could result into a structural split of CFSP/ESDP. In addition, the tendency of the CEE countries to favour open-ended cooperation with the future direct Eastern Neighbours (i.e. not excluding future membership) could cause further divisions within the larger EU.

The question of whether there should be European-American coordination in shaping the relations with the new Eastern neighbours depends, in part, on EU and US considerations and strategies with regard to structuring and stabilising the post-Soviet-area. These considerations must take into account whether American views are closer to European views or CEE views of the Eastern neighbours. There is also the question of whether the U.S. would bring financial assistance into some kind of coordinated EU/US-Eastern Neighbourhood-policy. Finally, to what extent could CEE countries act as "hinge" between the U.S. and Eastern "left-outs?"


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