Now that I actually think about it properly, I cannot honestly say that I even fully understand the foreign policy of the European Union or its intentions. I cannot recall ever seeing a manifest type list of how the European Union would act in any given situation, however, there is no guarantee that I would have been fully paying attention if I had.

From reading and watching the news, I know what action is taken by Great Britain in response to foreign issues, such as offering aid or imposing sanctions, but I am not often aware of whether this is guided by the European Union or Great Britain directly.

I get the impression that the intention of the foreign policy is always to be on the side of ‘right’ – that is, to act in the same manner as a good and moral person would. However, I’m not sure that this actually works, in practice. Besides this, it is a matter of opinion as to what the right thing to do would be, accordingly, the foreign policy – no matter what it is – is never going to satisfy everybody.

In many cases, regardless of how moral someone thinks they are, there is always likely to be at least one person that disagrees with their course of action. This would result in the foreign policy – at least for that person – being a poor one that is not fit for purpose.

When thinking about the European Union, especially with members as part of the G7 Summit, I consider the foreign policy to be one of problem solving. This relates to both within the European Union and outside of it as nothing actually comes in effect until there is an issue that requires solving.

When there is a crisis in another country, I would expect the foreign policy to come into effect and for all the member states to act in broadly the same manner, though not necessarily exactly the same. For example, I am sure that all the member countries do not give the same amount in aid to less developed countries.

Regardless of what the foreign policy is, it appears to be quite unwieldy as I recall a story about being unable to cease trade to a country that no longer needed it as it was due to be paid for several more years. Though this may have been the foreign policy of Great Britain directly, it still struck me as a nonsensical situation.