This briefing paper argues that the success of the new global strategy on foreign and security policy will depend on its ability to regenerate commitment to a common foreign policy among member states.
According to the authors, the regional and global context is far less favourable today than it was at the time of the European Security Strategy of 2003. The vulnerability and insecurity of today’s Europe are pushing Europeans closer together.
The paper contends that the EU’s value-based agenda needs clear priorities. At the same time, the EU should defend European security and the norms-based global order in a manner that seeks to engage different types of regimes.
Accordingly the strategy should send a clear message that the EU’s security and defence policy, in all its forms, is about providing security for the EU and its citizens. The EU is unlikely to be directly involved in the territorial defence of its member states, but it contributes to Europe’s security by a variety of means, ranging from diplomacy to strengthening the defence industrial base.
The paper cites the refugee crisis as the latest, stark reminder that it is necessary to strengthen the Union as a ‘comprehensive power’ able to draw on a variety of tools in a flexible, goal-oriented manner.