A strategy for Europe’s neighbourhood: keep resilient and carry on?

Author
Sven Biscop
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
Elcano Royal Institute
Abstract
If it cannot offer more than building up resilience, the EU risks locking itself out of its own neighbourhood. While external and regional powers are engaged in fierce geopolitical competition in Europe’s neighbourhood, the EU itself wants to focus on building up the resilience of its neighbours. Not only is it far from clear who is to be made resilient against what where there is no more or less benign government but, where countries are only just coming out of war, their first priority is national survival and their demand is for security guarantees. Would sovereignty and equality not be a better Leitmotiv for EU strategy in the neighbourhood?
Topic
International Relations, Foreign Policy, Sovereignty
Political Geography
European Union