The Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Stubb, discusses the prospects and challenges of the EU becoming a superpower in the international arena.
While the EU is the largest political union, single market, and aid donor in the world, it is not a superpower in the defense or foreign policy spheres.
Factors constraining the EU's rise to superpower status include its lack of statehood in the international system, a lack of internal drive to project power worldwide, and nostalgia for the nation-state amongst some Europeans.
To become an actual superpower in the coming years, Mr. Stubb urges the EU to approve and ratify the Lisbon Treaty, create an EU foreign ministry, develop a common EU defense, hold one collective seat at the UN Security Council and G8, and address what he described as the "sour mood" toward the EU prevalent in some European countries today- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Cai-Goran Alexander Stubb is a Finnish politician and Minister for Foreign Affairs from 4 April 2008.
From 2004 to 2008 he was a Member of the European Parliament with the European People's Party (EPP) and a professor at the College of Europe.