Implementing the Global Strategy where it matters most: the EU’s credibility deficit and the European neighbourhood

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The EU Global Strategy is a broad and ambitious document in terms of its geographic scope and thematic priorities. However, the EU cannot devote equal attention to all aspects of the EUGS, so there is still scope for more clarity regarding the EU's core strategic aims. This article argues that in addition to fostering internal cohesion, the EU's strategic priority must involve stabilising its own neighbourhood. This task has challenged the EU for decades because of an inherent credibility deficit regarding the EU's own capabilities, yet the EUGS does not diagnose and remedy this problem as effectively as it could have. Therefore much more work will need to be done in terms of reforming EU institutions and developing common capabilities if the EU hopes to achieve its central internal and external security goals as outlined in the EUGS and related policy statements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-460
Number of pages15
JournalContemporary Security Policy
Issue number3
Early online date10 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • EU
  • global strategy
  • CFSP
  • CSDP
  • security policy
  • European Neighbourhood Policy

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