Partnerships and European strategic autonomy

European Strategic Autonomy series - Security & Defense

Policy Brief

04/07/2022

How to turn them into a win-win approach

To become more strategic and autonomous, the European Union has to better use its global partnerships. Managing external security threats to the EU requires active and reliable partnerships, first and foremost with more capable and like-minded partners. Moreover, partnerships can increase the Union’s capacity to act in Europe and beyond.

Today, the EU has several partnerships. While the number has grown over the last decades, their palpable use in the security and defence domain has rarely been demonstrated. But the pressure on the EU to deliver more in the field of international security is growing.

The Russian war against Ukraine is a watershed for European security, by pressuring both EU institutions and members to unprecedented collective decisions, such as sanction packages on Russia and the delivery of weapons financed by the European Peace Facility. Russian military aggression adds to ongoing security challenges around Europe, from instability in the south to transnational challenges.

While the US administration is strongly committed to supporting Ukraine and European defence, America’s focus on the systemic rivalry with China remains a structural trend that risks turning US attention away from Europe again.

Internally, the narrative of strategic autonomy has been pushed mainly by France and the European Commission led by Ursula Von der Leyen. The 2022 Strategic Compass operationalises that ambition through four lines of action: Act, Secure, Invest and Partner. The importance of partnerships as an enabling tool is hence growing. In order to deliver, EU partnerships with NATO, the US and the UK have to be prioritised and pushed forward. The EU should focus on identifying its interests, engage partners and invest in implementation.

European security and defence are also two of the building blocks of the European Strategic Autonomy. We discussed them in one of the events of the #EUStrategicAutonomy policy breakfast series that took place on July 5 2022.”

Network
Fondation Jean-Jaurès
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Find all related publications
Publications
06/07/2022

Europe needs high-tech talent:

European Strategic Autonomy series - Digital & Technology
06/07/2022

Countering economic coercion

European Strategic Autonomy series - Economy & Trade
06/07/2022

Leveraging trade policy for the EU’s strategic autonomy

European Strategic Autonomy series - Economy & Trade
04/07/2022

Partnerships and European strategic autonomy

European Strategic Autonomy series - Security & Defense
Find all related events
Events
Upcoming
13/10/2022
Berlin (Germany)

Progressive Governance Summit 2022

This conference brings together cutting-edge intellectual thinking and impactful political actors for a renewal of the progressive […]
Past
07/07/2022
Online

Strategic Autonomy – Digital & Technology

Policy Breakfast Series
06/07/2022
Online

Strategic Autonomy – Economy & Trade

Policy Breakfast Series
Find all related news
News
31/05/2022

HRVP Josep Borrell participates in FEPS expert meeting on the war and the reconstruction of Ukraine

On May 23rd, FEPS organised a timely expert meeting on the war and the reconstruction […]
12/05/2022

New report shows young Europeans fear war spreading across Europe and call on EU countries to spend more on defence

Brussels, 12 May 2022 – As war continues to rage in Ukraine, a new survey has found that nearly […]
22/09/2021

FEPS leads a new flagship research project on EU Strategic Autonomy with top European experts

Does the EU have the capacity and agency to set priorities and make decisions autonomously […]
21/09/2020

On the eve of the UN General Assembly, FEPS unveils a proposal for a new, inclusive and fair multilateralism

On the eve of the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Foundation for European […]
Find all related in the media
In the media

Ukraine uses Russian invasion to pass laws wrecking workers’ rights

by Open Democracy 20/07/2022

Flames of Kyiv

by Encompass 17/05/2022

Crise na Ucrânia pode ser o toque de caixa para a Europa enfrentar temas “onde tem estado a marcar passo”

by SAPO 10/05/2022

EU sees strengthened partnership with US vital for global recovery – EURACTIV

26/01/2022