Publications 2016

The EU Global Strategy: going beyond effective multilateralism?

10 June 2016
Beatrice Berton (Researcher at the Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime), Sven Biscop (Director of the Europe in the World Programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations), Alice Ekman (Head of China Research at the French Institute of International Relations and an Associate Analyst at EU Institute for Security Studies), Juliane Schmidt (Former Junior Policy Analyst at the EPC), Joren Selleslaghs (Lecturer and Researcher, Leiden University), Gerald Stang (Senior Associate Analyst at the European Union Institute for Security Studies), Balazs Ujvari (Egmont-EPC Research Fellow) and Luk Van Langenhove (Research Professor at the Institute of European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel)



The ongoing consultation process on the European Union Global Strategy (EUGS) presents an occasion for the European Union (EU) to redress the European Security Strategy’s (ESS) shortcomings and update its stance on multilateralism. As rule-based multilateralism remains deeply entrenched in the Union’s DNA, the EUGS is unlikely to represent ground-breaking innovations as to how the EU should act in international affairs.

The key challenge in respect of the EU’s multilateralism is twofold. The first challenge lies in setting out clear priorities for the EU’s multilateral action to be pursued collectively by the member states; and the second in determining the form of multilateralism that would best suit the promotion of the priorities concerned.

In this collection of six essays, policy analysts and academics are presented with the question: Over a five year horizon, what do you think should be the focus of the EU’s multilateral agenda? The answers dwell on the EU playing a proactive role in relation to emerging powers especially China, and Latin America as a whole; furthering the EU’s soft power through ‘science diplomacy’; and EU leadership in building a global energy and climate community, and counter terrorism measures.

This collection of essays was written in the framework of an Egmont-EPC partnership, and edited by Egmont-EPC Research Fellow Balazs Ujvari. 

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