Progressive realism and the EU’s international actorness: towards a grand strategy?

Barrinha, A. (2016) Progressive realism and the EU’s international actorness: towards a grand strategy? Journal of European Integration. ISSN 0703-6337.

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The EU lacks a coherent strategy to guide its international actions.This is a problem that has been amply discussed in both academic and policy-making circles, but that remains to be fully addressed. The December 2013 European Council recognised the issue, and the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini is in charge of a strategic review that will lead to a global strategy by June 2016. Most arguments in favour of a grand strategy rely on utilitarian arguments that highlight the EU’s potential for a more efficient foreign policy. By linking a progressive realist approach to the importance of an EU grand strategy, this article intends to demonstrate the normative need for such a guiding document. As it will be argued, a grand strategy is a necessary step in the consolidation of the EU as a pluralist postnational polity that has in the fulfilment of its citizens’ interests its raison d’être.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Classical realism; grand strategy; European external relations; normative power Europe; European security
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Andre Barrinha
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2016 14:59
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2017 08:32

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