France is well known for its agressiv, arrogant and imperialist diplomacy…=> refer to the “Discours of Dakar”, a master piece of the Art…
The diplomacy of the European Union cannot be uniform. It is strong depending of the countries we interact with…
On one hand, you have countries with a “will to strengh” like China or Russia. They are building strong sphere of influence through the economy, the politic, and their military power. The question is not to determine wether it is good or bad, but how we (as European Union) can interact with this strong actors.
On the other hand, you have our own sphere of influence : the mediterranean countries. How do we want to interact with our “backyard”…(Is it a backyard ? => the question is not solved)
Then you have our “old allies” from the “west”: USA, UK, Japan, Australia, NZ
Latine America is for me a blind point…How are the stand of the relationship with them ? What should we expected from them and what are we waiting…
The diplomacy in Africa is still suffering from old colonial leadership structure (Françafrique…). Inside the european Union some countries are trying to balance the weight of the old colonial power. As a result on a Union level it is still really difficult to coordinate the diplomacy.
So, at the end, to answer your question, i’m not sure there is “good foreign policies” : we used to say, “in international relationship, there is no good or bad, there is only interest”. And if the interest of the nation of the european union are not the same…then we got a real problem to set up a common diplomacy : that’s explain a large part of our weakness imho.
To come back to the german proposal, I’m not sure that we can always “avoid crisis” : sometime we have to cope with it and we shall get involved. But not alone and not without the UNO.
On the contrary, this focus, seems balanced and could answer a common need on a european level: