The political crisis in Ukraine, the situation in Syria, the unrest in the Middle East have made it clear that the EU needs a stronger common foreign policy. The EU has a wide range of 'soft power' tools – including trade policy and development aid, coordinated by Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Beyond these tools, those national governments who wish should also pool their defence capabilities, enabling them to participate in joint EU missions – as well as to avoid duplication of programmes and to save money.
Besides foreign policy tools, the European Commission is committed to deliver relief aid to the most vulnerable people caught up in natural or man-made disasters. Assistance is provided via its humanitarian and civil protection tools.