The “new” EU, the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and the Middle East challenges

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Taking its starting point in the recent foreign and defence policy conditions related to the Middle East, the article discusses the perspectives of the launching of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), an entity designed for the creation of a stronger defence cooperation within the EU. Taking into consideration that the EU finds itself in a limbo resulting from the recent EU elections and nominations (European Parliament, President of the European Commission, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, etc.), and from tendencies to internal disunity, the article contends that in a short-term perspective PESCO will not form the basis for significant foreign interventions. However, the article furthermore argues, that over time this could change, also because several European leaders are frustrated with the recent situation, where the EU both directly and indirectly is dependent on an increasingly less reliable American policy in the Middle East. Beyond the recent “changing of the guards” and the turmoil related to Brexit, a “new” EU might find that PESCO could be a way ahead for an EU wanting to be able to act on its own when it comes to foreign and defence policy challenges in its unstable surroundings.
TidsskriftVidencenter om det moderne Mellemøsten
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StatusUdgivet - 5. nov. 2019