|Address:||Institute for European Integration Research
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Strohgasse 45/DG, 1030 Vienna, Austria
This project was aimed at the question of in how far the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union (EU) has caused adaptations of the national foreign policies of Ireland and Austria. By assuming that the national foreign policies of the EU member states not only constrain or enable a common European foreign policy but that these national foreign policies themselves are simultaneously affected by the CFSP, it took up a new approach towards investigating the outlook for a common European foreign policy. The focus on two small and neutral states was particularly interesting since the CFSP involves a conflict for this "family" of EU member states: On the one hand, there is a general agreement in the International Relations literature that small states are more likely to adapt their policies to the dictates of their environment. On the other hand, it is often assumed that EU member states with a tradition of neutrality should be against a Europeanisation of their foreign policies. It was examined in how far there have been effects on national foreign policy procedures and institutions as well as the foreign policy substance and positions and also identities of the two states.
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