The EU needs a security strategy based on common interests

Rome, Feb. 2, 2016: EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, during a discussion on the U.S.-led military coalition fighting Daesh, also known as Islamic State or ISIS (source: dpa)
Rome, Feb. 2, 2016: EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, during a discussion on the U.S.-led military coalition fighting Daesh, also known as Islamic State or ISIS (source: dpa)

For several months, the European Union has been at work overhauling its defense and security strategy. During their June 2015 summit in Brussels, EU leaders assigned this task to the community’s chief of diplomacy. The European Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EGS) is due to be presented at the EU summit in June 2016.

The formulation of such a strategy is urgent, as the dramatic events of last year, including the terrorist attacks in France and the migration crisis, have demonstrated. The community’s responses to these challenges have shown an alarming lack of coherence and strategic depth.

In theory, the EU has had a security strategy of its ow...

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