Does the EU have the capacity and agency to set priorities and make decisions autonomously in its external action? What are the necessary political, institutional and material steps to get there? How can strategic autonomy help the EU to face the challenges within and beyond European borders?

To answer these questions, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), in cooperation with the Brussels office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Fondation-Jean-Jaurès, launches “Strategic Autonomy – pathways to progressive action“, a new flagship research project aimed at investigating the concept of ‘European strategic autonomy’ (ESA).

Despite the concept getting more central in EU affairs circles every day, there is a persistent lack of clarity on what European strategic autonomy actually means. For this reason – and with the debate over ESA’s definition, content and implications in full swing – it’s time for progressive thinkers to provide an in-depth analysis of the concept and set an agenda on where to direct and how to operationalize the term.

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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
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Past
07/11/2022
FEPS HQ, Brussels (Closed-door)

Prospects for global governance in an age of disruptions

Foresight series: The long-term implications of the war in Ukraine
07/07/2022
Online

Strategic Autonomy – Digital & Technology

Policy Breakfast Series
06/07/2022
Online

Strategic Autonomy – Economy & Trade

Policy Breakfast Series
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Progressive Post
24/11/2022

Europe must project power without losing its soul

04/07/2022

A new direction for a more European NATO

28/06/2022

Enlarging, deepening, re-positioning – the European equation ahead

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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 […]
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 […]
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Borrell - FEPS expert meeting on the war and the reconstruction of Ukraine

HRVP Josep Borrell at FEPS expert meeting on Ukraine war and reconstruction

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David supervises and coordinates FEPS’ scientific quality and consultancy capacity, ensuring the policy-relevance and impact […]

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Policy Analyst on International Relations
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