Towards an EU Global Strategy: A Revolution for External Action?

Today it is difficult to imagine the Europe envisaged in the often quoted opening sentence of the 2003 European Security Strategy by Javier Solana: “Europe has never been so prosperous, so secure nor so free.” This quote sounds cynical in today’s context, when the European Union (EU)’s geopolitical situation has changed dramatically due to both domestic and external factors.

The EU has faced the accession of thirteen new Member States, an economic crisis in the Eurozone and the rise of right-wing populist parties in several European countries. External dynamics are also challenging the EU’s world order, such as Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, the growing stream of migrants from North Africa and Asia and the rising tide of violence from the Islamic State in the Middle East. Against this backdrop, Europe is no longer secure and there is a necessity to re-evaluate the European Security Strategy.

Dahrendorf Policy Brief 3/2015
Towards an EU Global Strategy: A Revolution for External Action?
by Monika Sus & Franziska Pfeifer (2015)

About the authors
Monika Sus is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance and is responsible for the umbrella project within the Dahrendorf Forum.
Franziska Pfeifer is a Research Associate to Helmut Anheier for the Dahrendorf Project, where she is working on the umbrella project.