Publications in: Foreign and Security Policy

New Beginnings: EU foreign and security policy

EU institutions and member states should join forces to address the capabilities-expectations gap which is widening in light of internal and external contestation. This implies, first, starting with the right institutional set-up, notably a European Security Council providing strategic direction and a Commission DG Defence driving industrial consolidation in the defence sector. Second, the EU should raise the European Defence Union to the next level by addressing divergent arms export policies, strengthening its operational arm and deepening cooperation with NATO. Third, the EU should revitalise foreign policy by taking gradual steps towards qualified majority voting, making the Council’s work more efficient, and developing a longer-term vision. more

Why we need a Commission DG Defence

Do we need a ‘DG Defence’ in the next European Commission? This policy brief by Nicole Koenig makes a case for the establishment of a ‘DG Defence Industry and Space’. It shows how it could look like, where it raises concerns and how these could be addressed. more

Franco-German jumelage at UN Security Council

The 30th of April marks the end of a Franco-German experiment: the twinning of their presidencies of the United Nations Security Council. In this policy brief we assess this deliverable of the Franco-German Aachen Treaty with a view to its symbolic value and impact on bilateral and EU coordination. more

EP 2014-19 Key Votes: Recognizing Guaidó

On 31 January 2019, the European Parliament voted to recognise Juan Guaidó as interim President of Venezuela. This policy brief shows how the vote divided Europe's centre left and the political extremes. Still, the solid majority contrasted with the Council's failure to reach a common position. The ‚Key Votes‘ series dissects some of the most salient European Parliament votes in 2014-19. more

A more strategic approach towards CSDP partnerships

The EU seeks to develop a more strategic approach to third-country partnerships in the realm of the Common Security and Defence Policy. This policy brief shows why a more systematic approach is necessary and uses the Brexit negotiations to illustrate its practical meaning and political limitations. more