Ramel, Frederic. (2010) A strategy for the European Union in the Post-Cold War international system: a third-party. Egmont Security Policy Brief No. 4, January 2010. [Policy Paper]
In Egmont Paper No. 33 "The Value of Power, the Power of Values: A Call for an EU Grand Strategy", edited by Sven Biscop, Egmont calls for an EU Grand Strategy completing the European Security Strategy by identifying EU interests and setting concrete objectives. A proactive EU, acting as a true global power, must result. Some of Europe's leading strategic thinkers react to Egmont's proposals in its series of Security Policy Briefs. In this first paper of the Grand Strategy Project series, French expert Frederic Ramel describes the EU as being a third party more than a strategic actor. In a world that is unstable due to its oligopolar structure and its heterogeneous nature, he argues, the EU needs a "complete strategy" in order to (1) reconcile maximum variety and diversity with maximum unity and integration; (2) set up coordination with other actors; and (3) develop strategic agility and strategic expectancy.
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