‘The EU has overlooked both the enormous potential and the encompassing character of its cultural assets for some time now, more often than not while seeking to appease or follow other powers.’
Camille Grand – Director at the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique
EU Global Strategy Expert Opinion - No36 - 07 March 2016
The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) is a rare opportunity for the European Union to think strategically and to be strategic. In the foreign policy realm, the EU has developed multiple and mostly pertinent ‘policies’ or ‘strategies’, but at the very least lacks a clear strategic vision that European citizens can share (or criticise) and partners abroad can understand. How does the EU see the world? What does the EU stand for? What are its strategic interests?
As a unique and specific political entity, the EU can probably not develop a strategic document that would be similar in scope and ambition to national white papers. It should, however, work towards establishing a shared vision and a common ambition.