The EU and NATO: A Partnership with a Glass Ceiling

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The EUGS aims at deepening the strategic partnership between the EU and NATO. Security challenges and increasingly hybrid threats emanating from Europe’s neighbourhood underlined the need for a mutually reinforcing and complementary EU–NATO cooperation. The EUGS triggered more systematic cooperation based on seven joint priority areas. The organizations found new and creative ways to circumvent longstanding political blockades. However, these blockades still put a glass ceiling over implementation while transatlantic tensions curtail the strategic nature of this partnership. While the bureaucratic framework underpinning EU–NATO cooperation has been strengthened, breaking through the glass ceiling and forging a more strategic bond goes beyond EUGS implementation and depends on high politics.

Details: Brussels, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), November 2018, 7 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 in the coming months