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New Thrust for the CSDP from the Refugee and Migrant Crisis. CEPS Special Report No. 142, July 2016

Blockmans, Steven. (2016) New Thrust for the CSDP from the Refugee and Migrant Crisis. CEPS Special Report No. 142, July 2016. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Attempts to broach ‘fortress Europe’ have created a border management crisis for EU member states, and a humanitarian disaster of proportions not seen since World War II. In response, EU institutions and member states have given priority to security-driven (home affairs) and military concerns. The launch of the EU’s naval Operation Sophia signalled the start of a more proactive engagement to restore stability in the wider Mediterranean, and the new thrust given to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) approximates measures adopted in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ). As the objectives and mandates of the EU’s internal and external security activities blur, questions about the limits of the Lisbon Treaty will come into sharper focus. In this paper, the author argues that it is time to step up the comprehensive approach to EU external action and involve AFSJ elements and actors on a more structural basis. Only then will the indistinct boundaries between internal and external security become a continuum and enable a more effective handling of the security crises confronting the European Union.

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    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJCC/AFSJ > 2015 Migration Movement
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Special Reports
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2016 13:51
    Number of Pages: 19
    Last Modified: 22 Jul 2016 13:52

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