Publications in: Foreign and Security Policy

What’s Wrong with EU Information Systems & How to Fix It

The terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Berlin have exposed the shortcomings of EU information systems. The EU and its member states are now discussing practical proposals for better connecting single databases. What are the current weaknesses and how do the proposals seek to remedy them? Which opportunities does a more integrated architecture offer? Which challenges could be encountered along the way and how can they be overcome? more

Security and Defence: A Glass Half Full

Strengthening European security and defence cooperation was one of the central aims of the EU Global Strategy. Reviewing progress two years after its publication, Nicole Koenig argues that the glass is half-full: The pillars of the European Defence Union have been established but the EU should take further steps to link them and fill them with substance. more

EU-NATO: Distinguishing Narrative from Substance

At the NATO Summit in Brussels, the EU and NATO have committed to deepen their cooperation. This was an important political signal as it came after revived fears that the EU’s defence cooperation efforts might lead to decoupling, duplication and discrimination.. The policy paper by Nicole Koenig reviews the political tensions around this cooperation and delineates them from progress in terms of substance. more

Migration: EU leaders agree on lowest common denominator

At the European Council meeting on 28.-29. June 2018, EU leaders gathered to discuss a future course on migration. Yet, the Council conclusions are fairly opaque. In this blog post Lucas Rasche argues that in the absence of an overall compromise, EU leaders refurbished existing ideas on external asylum processing and fell short of moving beyond the lowest common denominator of strengthening external borders. more

The European Intervention Initiative: A look behind the scenes

On 25 June 2018, nine European member states signed up to the French-led European Intervention Initiative. The initiative was broadly welcomed as complementary to EU-level defence initiatives, but doubts about its added value as well as the potential for duplication and fragmentation persist. This blog post offers a look behind the scenes and asks: What is the initiative really about? Are concerns about duplication and fragmentation justified? What should and could be the next steps? more