Publications in: Foreign and Security Policy

Troubled Water: What are the lessons from Operation Sophia?

In a row over the disembarkation of migrants rescued at sea, the Italian government has brought the EU’s maritime military Operation Sophia to the verge of collapse. As its current mandate expires on 31 December 2018, Lucas Rasche explores what the trouble about Operation Sophia is really about. more

From Meseberg to Sibiu: EU’s Weltpolitikfähigkeit

Juncker said that the EU should become ‚weltpolitikfähig‘. Merkel and Macron backed this call to bolster the EU’s capacity to act on the global stage in their Meseberg Declaration. How aligned are Berlin and Paris really when it comes to implementation and what could a compromise look like? more

Better Together? Franco-German Cooperation in the Sahel

The Sahel has become a hub for European security, migration and development-related activities. One of the political drivers has been the increasing Franco-German convergence around the aims of stabilisation and combating the root causes of migration. This blog post traces the trajectory of this strategic convergence and assesses its effective implications. While France, Germany and a core group of EU member states have gradually strengthened the implementation of the comprehensive approach, this blog post also underlines potential pitfalls and the need for systematic vertical and horizontal EU coordination.  more

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