The strategic challenges facing EU security and defence cooperation

Dr Nicholas Wright, Teaching Fellow in EU Politics, Department of Political Science UCL, argues that the EU must consider the wider factors impacting foreign, defence and security policy if it is to have a meaningful role on the international stage. Since 2016 there has been a slow but significant increase in EU defence and security cooperation. The EU’s Global Strategy published in July of that … Continue reading The strategic challenges facing EU security and defence cooperation

Brexit and the Paradoxes of European Security

Benjamin Martill, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, begins by outlining the limitations of EU security and defence cooperation. He then explains that cooperation post-Brexit will be difficult, as the EU will set a high bar for UK participation in its security initiatives, and both sides have an incentive to show they can function without the other. Brexit has created … Continue reading Brexit and the Paradoxes of European Security

The Moral Maze: Values and conflict in EU foreign policy

Only weeks away from the confirmation of Josep Borrell as the EU’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Marta Kozielska and Benjamin Martill take stock of the challenges and trade-offs current world politics present him with. European Values and the Extra-European World Josep Borrell, the EU’s nominee for the position of High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, and former Spanish foreign minister, arrives … Continue reading The Moral Maze: Values and conflict in EU foreign policy

Defence on the Brexit frontline

Richard Whitman, Senior Fellow at The UK in a Changing Europe and Professor of Politics, argues that the UK has shown little interest of late in enhancing military cooperation with Europe, preferring to work through NATO instead. Would a vote for Brexit change that? This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy. Britain’s former field marshals, generals, admirals and lieutenant generals have been deployed on … Continue reading Defence on the Brexit frontline

Winning the argument for staying in Europe

Roland Rudd, founder and Chairman of Finsbury, writes that those arguing against Brexit will never win by wearing rose-colored glasses. At the same time, those campaigning to leave are hamstrung by an inability to agree on what ‘leave’ means. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy. The choice facing the British public is the biggest in a generation: do we choose … Continue reading Winning the argument for staying in Europe