‘The countries of Europe’s south and east are all part of the same Union but they have different strategic priorities and must compete for relatively scarce resources. More resources alone will not eliminate that competition but fewer resources will make it more intense.’
Julianne Smith – Senior Fellow, Director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program at the Center for a New American Security
EU Global Strategy Expert Opinion - No34 - 03 March 2016
As EU officials draft the EU’s Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS), ambitions are no doubt running high. This is, after all, the first time since 2003 that the EU has undertaken a comprehensive examination of its current threat environment, its core objectives, and its overarching place in the world. For months, drafters and contributors in and outside of formal EU channels have been recommending ways in which the EU can enhance its impact, strengthen its capabilities, and maintain its strategic focus in the midst of a turbulent threat environment where crises seem to surface almost daily.