Foreign Policy at EU level based on absolute majority, not unanimity
For the EU to have a strong and consistent voice in foreign policy matters, it should ask all “hard policy” decisions (such as the imposition of sanctions) can be taken by absolute majority, e.g 3/4 of member states. The current situation based on unanimity allows for single states to block such common policy through de facto veto rights. This is Problematic since single member states with for exampled economic interests or under political pressure from third countries are able to block decisions and prevent the EU from taking a stable, credible and strong voice in the world. The EU should therefore be required to do so towards a system where absolute majority of Member States (supported by a simple majority of EU compartments) can take effective action and generalised real foreign policy.
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Strengthening the voice of the European Union in the world
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