Foreign Affairs & Security
Europe’s global role: The consolidation and enlargement of the EU has changed Europe’s global role in fundamental ways. Nevertheless, the hope that the foreign policies of the member states would converge within the framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy have been dampened by disagreement about the war against Iraq. Still, in the future, the EU will increasingly take on tasks that used to be the preserve of NATO or the US.
The foreign policy of a powerful EU will differ from US policy in that it will be a continuation of the experiences Europe has made in the area of security through supranational co-operation and institutions. To the degree that the European Union is a new entity on the world stage its foreign policy, too, will be entirely new in character.
19th Annual Foreign Policy Conference
The effects of the current global power shift are most visible in the Asia-Pacific region: China’s rise and the unclear future of the U.S. alliance system in the region raise a number of foreign and security policy issues that have both regional and global dimensions. During the 19th Foreign Policy Conference of the Heinrich Böll Foundation international experts discussed on "The Asia-Pacific Conflict Zone. Crises, power shifts and their repercussions for Europe and Germany"