If it wishes to stabilise its neighbourhood, the EU has no alternative but to develop its capacity to the fullest extent and to become a ‘strategically autonomous’ actor
Author profile: Jolyon Howorth
If the “Strategic Agenda” is the result of a lowest common denominator word-processing exercise from within the Council Secretariat, then it serves no useful purpose.
The December Council is too important to risk emerging as a non-event. If CSDP is to have a future, it is time to ask some probing, fundamental questions.
The European Union, in the wake of Lisbon, has become an international actor. It now faces two major external challenges. The first is to develop strategic vision for a potentially tumultuous emerging multi-polar world. The second challenge is to help nudge the other major actors towards a multilateral global grand bargain. The price of failure will be a return to the jungle – a jungle in which European assets will count for very little.