The minister acknowledged that European countries do not always act in unison.The problem remains that common foreign policy cannot be produced without there being a common European interest, which does not exist. However, Mr Vanackere does understand that the structure can be created anyway and put into place without people noticing too much, as has already happened with the External Action Service.
We are experiencing a shift of foreign policy paradigm, Vanackere said, adding: It will still take time.
But the challenge should inspire us.
Vanackere stressed that what he acknowledged was a hybrid of policymaking between national governments, which always will reserve the right to make decisions about war and peace, and a growing EU role and bureaucracy in international negotiations.One day it will be fully in existence (though not functional)and even Conservative "eurosceptics" and the various front organizations will be aware of it.