Europe at a crossroads: toward a global strategy

Bemowo Piskie, Oct. 20, 2015: Polish President Andrzej Duda (C) meets with German soldiers during the Dragon-15 NATO exercise; Poland and the Baltics favor a strong U.S. link (source: dpa)
Bemowo Piskie, Oct. 20, 2015: Polish President Andrzej Duda (C) meets with German soldiers during the Dragon-15 NATO exercise; Poland and the Baltics favor a strong U.S. link (source: dpa)

The European Union plans to adopt a “Global Strategy” for its foreign and security policies (EGS) at its June 22 summit. The document is the result of years of reflection on the increasing complexity of Europe’s external relations and interconnections.

A fundamental problem for the EU is that neither its individual member states nor the bloc as a whole possess the capacity and authority to react effectively to global threats. Europe’s individual nations may be indispensable, but none has the outreach and resources to act as a great power. The union has wide authority on specific global matters such as trade, but foreign affairs are kept outside its purview. This is the case even as t...

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