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Can the EU develop a shared foreign policy?

The divisions between EU member states over Israel’s war on Gaza contrast with near unity on the Russia-Ukraine war.

European Union foreign ministers have met to discuss the Red Sea crisis, the Gaza war and Ukraine.

There’s unity on some issues – but sharp division on others.

Is it possible for the bloc of 27 states to have a shared or meaningful foreign policy?


Nastasya Tay


Suzanne Lynch – chief Brussels correspondent, Politico

Julien Barnes-Dacey – director of the Middle East and North Africa programme of the European Council on Foreign Relations

Ben Aris – founder and editor-in-chief of bne IntelliNews, a business media company focusing on emerging markets

By Inside StoryPublished On 22 Jan 202422 Jan 2024