Analysing the Foreign Policy of Small States in the EU: The by H. Larsen

By H. Larsen

Henrik Larsen examines the international coverage of a small european member kingdom within the context of european international policy--the case of Denmark. The booklet seems at seven coverage parts: coverage in the direction of different european member states, anti-terrorism, improvement, the Balkans, Africa, Latin the US and alternate.

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According to Tonra’s study, The exercise of foreign policy is constrained by participation in the process of creating a collective foreign and security policy. Foreign policy makers in the 3 states … do not act without reference to the views of their colleagues. … [On the basis of the three cases examined] … it is evident that these states have, at one time or another, been constrained in the actions they took or the policies that they adopted. There is a new external element that has been internalised in the creation of national foreign policies … foreign policy makers freely acknowledge that the output of their policies … has been compromised in pursuit of consensus.

As to the substantial content of foreign policy, Hill sees the central political aspects of this activity as actions, statements and values relating to how the actor wishes to advance its main objectives and to shape the external world (Hill, 2002: 4). Moreover, foreign policy is also an attempt to hold together or control the various activities the actor is engaged in internationally, an attempt to create coherence (Hill, 2002: 4–5). I take Hill’s definition as my point of departure. It has the implication that all official actions of the government machinery (EU or Danish) aimed at the environment outside its boundaries are included.

In the security field, strategies have been different, however, and characterised by a continuous rearguard fight for small and hardresisted concessions against the expansion of the EPC. (N. Petersen, 1998: 49–50) Denmark has thus been willing to adapt her national policy to common EU policies while also being active in certain policy areas. Denmark has put forward demands in relation to CEE policy while concessions have been most prominent in Middle East policy (N. Petersen, 1998: 49). However, the defence and security areas are seen as different.

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