The European Union Global Strategy: Europe Maturing as a Strategic Actor

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“… the idea that Europe is an exclusively “civilian power” does not do justice to an evolving reality.”
Federica Mogherini, EUGS Foreword
 
Summary:
The European Union Global Strategy adopted in June 2016 leaves behind the preceding herbivorous conceptions of ‘civilian power’ or ‘normative power’ Europe.  In doing so it continues the Union’s development of its vision of European power in a post-Cold War world, begun with the European Security Strategy of 2003. The strategy’s three central themes of strategic autonomy, resilience, and principled pragmatism promise a more serious commitment to the strategic use of European power. Adopted the day after the UK opted to leave the EU, and six months before the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President the strategy forms part of the necessary, and finally credible, debate about the future of European security and defence. Continue reading “The European Union Global Strategy: Europe Maturing as a Strategic Actor”