Foreign Policy Decision Making Process

2077 Words Dec 17th, 2014 9 Pages
When Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in March of 2014, it set in motion a chain of events that have lead to the ongoing Ukraine crisis, a more unified and strengthened Europe, and a weakened Russia. While the Ukraine crisis has highlighted some internal flaws within the E.U. Foreign Policy decision-making process, the E.U. has emerged stronger vis-à-vis Russia due to the member state’s willingness to work together throughout the crisis to create a ‘European’ response. This agreement of the E.U. member states was only possible because of the common and universal condemnation of Russian aggression across the continent. From a hawkish Poland, ever vigilant of Russian expansion and aggression, to a more ‘dove-ish’ Germany constantly acting as a bridge to the East, Europe came together on an institutional and national basis during the Ukraine crisis. In addition to the EU and member state response, the NATO response to the crisis, is just as, if not more important. Together these national and institutional interests have come together, challenged each other, and lead to a tougher, more heightened relationship with Europe’s eastern neighbor, Russia. The position and reaction of Germany to the Ukraine crisis is formulated by a decades old policy of Ostpolitik merging with a new concept of a Europe that is being lead by Germany. Dating back to the Cold War era, Germany has tried to act as a bridge and a source of de-escalation between the East, Russia, and the West, the…
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