The EU Global Strategy and the State of Defence in Europe

Sven Biscop

In June 2016, the European Council is set to welcome the new EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS). The EUGS will be global in a geographical sense but also in institutional terms, as it will address the full spectrum of EU external action, from aid and trade to diplomacy and defence. But how ambitious will it really be on the latter? On the one hand, the idea of producing an EU white book on defence is making headway in the debate between Member States. On the other hand, those drafting the EUGS seem curiously unmotivated to really address defence. This paper will analyse the debate on the EUGS from the point of view of security and defence, the eventual EUGS itself, and its potential for the future of the state of defence in Europe.

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