EU GLOBAL SECURITY STRATEGY: Foreword by Federica Mogherini, External Affairs Chief

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The purpose, even existence, of our Union is being questioned. Yet, our citizens and the world need a strong European Union like never before. Our wider region has become more unstable and more insecure. The crises within and beyond our borders are affecting directly our citizens’ lives. In challenging times, a strong Union is one that thinks strategically, shares a vision and acts together. This is even more true after the British referendum.  We will indeed have to rethink the way our Union works, but we perfectly know what to work for. We know what our principles, our interests and our priorities are. This is no time for uncertainty: our Union needs a Strategy. We need a shared vision, and common action. None of our countries has the strength nor the resources to address these threats and seize the opportunities of our time alone.

But as a Union of almost half a billion citizens, our potential

is unparalleled. Our diplomatic network runs wide and deep in all corners of the globe.Economically, we are in the world’s G3. We are the first trading partner and the first foreign for almost every country in the globe. Together we invest more in development cooperation than the rest of the world combined. It is also clear, though, that we are not making full use of this potential yet.

A vast majority of our citizens understands that we need to collectively take responsibility for our role in the world. And wherever I travel, our partners expect the European Union to play a major role, including as a global security provider.


We will deliver on our citizens’Needs and make our partnerships work

Only if we  act together, united. This is exactly the aim of the Global Strategy for European Foreign And Security Policy.


“Global” is not just intended in a geographical sense:

It also refers to the wide array of policies and instruments the Strategy promotes. It focuses on military capabilities and anti terrorism as much as on job opportunities, inclusive societies and human rights. It deals with peace building and the resilience of States and societies, in and around Europe. The European  Union has always prided itself on its soft power  and it will keep doing so, because we are  the best in this field. However, the idea that Europe is an exclusively “civilian power” does not do justice to an evolving reality. For instance, the European Union currently deploys seventeen military and civilian operations, with thousands of men and women serving under the European flag for peace and security our own security, and our partners’.

For Europe, soft and hard powergo in hand in hand.

The Strategy nurtures the ambition of strategic autonomy for the European Union. This is necessary to promote the common interests of our citizens, as well as our principles and values. Yet we know that such priorities are best served when we are not alone. And they are best served in an international system based on rules and on multilateralism. This is no time for global policemen and lone warriors. Our foreign and security policy has to handle global pressures and local dynamics,

it has to cope with super powers as well as with increasingly  fractured identities. Our Union will work to strengthen our partners: We will keep deepening the transatlantic bond and our partnership with NATO, while we will also connect to new players and explore new formats. We will invest in regional orders, and in cooperation

among and within

regions. And we will promote reformed global governance, one that can meet the challenges of this 21st

century. We will engage in a practical and principled way,

sharing global responsibilities with our partners and contributing to their strengths. We have learnt the lesson: my neighbour’s and my partner’s weaknesses are my own weaknesses. So  we will invest in win win solutions, and move beyond the illusion that international politics  can be a zero sum game


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