European Strategic Autonomy

What does European Strategic Autonomy mean? Read our first articles on European Strategic Autonomy of our joint project in cooperation with the Foundation of European Progressive Studies and the Foundation Jean-Jaurés.

Political, institutional and material steps towards strategic autonomy

Does the EU have the capacity and agency to set priorities and make decisions autonomously in its external action? What are the necessary political, institutional and material steps to get there? How can strategic autonomy help the EU to face the challenges within and beyond European borders? Despite the concept becoming more central in EU-affairs circles every day, there is a persistent lack of clarity on what European strategic autonomy actually means. For this reason, the Foundation of European Progressive Studies, in cooperation with the EU Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Foundation Jean-Jaurès have undertaken a project to explore what European Strategic Autonomy means in the field of Security & Defence, Trade & Economy, and Digital &Technology. Find all Policy Briefs below:

Final Policy Brief: Progressive pathways to European strategic autonomy, 28 February 2023

An Architecture Fit For Strategic Autonomy by Pol Morillas, 25 November 2021

Strategic Autonomy: not without Integration by Sven Biscop, 13 January 2022

Elevating the EU's added value as a security provider by Ana E. Juncos, 9 February 2022

Beyond the Brussels effect  by Andrea Renda, 1 March 2022

European Industrial Policy: A crucial element of strategic autonomy by Jonathan Hackenbroich and Sebastian Dullien, 19 May 2022

Sustainable Digital Market Design by Dominik Piétron, Philipp Staab and Floarian Hofmann, 28 June 2022

Europe needs high-tech talent by Julia Anderson, 6 July 2022

Partnerships and European strategic autonomy by Alessandro Marrone and Claudia Major, 4 July 2022

Leveraging trade policy for the EU’s strategic autonomy by Elvire Fabry, 6 July 2022

Countering economic coercion by Elina Ribakova and Benjamin Hilgenstock, 6 July 2022

Breakfast Briefings on the results

Results of the published papers have been discussed in breakfast briefings focusing on three different areas: security&defence, economy&trade, digital and tech on 5, 6 and 7 July 2022 (08:30 CET. Find more information and the videos of the breakfast briefings via the following links:

For more information, please contact: Sidonie.Wetzig(at)fes.de