A more strategic approach towards CSDP partnerships

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One of the aims derived from the EU Global Strategy is to develop a more strategic approach to third-country partnerships in the realm of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). This reflects the necessity of updating existing arrangements with a view to the EU’s broadening comprehensive approach, defence related innovations and Brexit. Discussions are on-going, but the Brexit negotiations provide some insight into the meaning and limitations of this strategic upgrade. They illustrate the EU’s red lines and the fact that its openness continues to vary depending on the CSDP sub area. The real meaning of this more strategic approach remains to be spelled out, and its merit can only be judged based on its implementation.

Details: Brussels, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), February 2019, 9 p. (EU Global Strategy Watch)

This publication is part of the EU Global Strategy Watch, which is a project of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies together with the Istituto Affari Internazionali, with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo – International Affairs Programme, the European Parliament, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Three issues of the EUGS Watch and one final policy paper will be published within the framework of the project.