I find the calls for a common front in the EU to be ridiculous, with the primary reason neatly illustrated here.
Most member states of the European Union are not in favor of the idea of imposing sanctions on Iran as it did not meet a Security Council deadline to suspend enrichment activity.You see we already have an almost common front on one of the most important issues facing the world. An extremist religious government headed by a complete madman wants to develop nuclear weapons. The Blessed United Nations has ruled that they should stop.
So what should the super power of the future do?
Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier stressed that "the most important thing is that the international community does not let itself be divided," with Russia and China disliking the sanctions option.The answer: Bugger all. All A Common Foreign Policy would achieve is to muzzle those members who do not rejoice at the sight of Madmen with Nuclear weapons. Which is precisely the whole point of the exercise.