Angelet, Bruno, and Vrailas, Ioannis. (2008) European Defence in the wake of the Lisbon Treaty. Egmont paper, no. 21, May 2008. [Policy Paper]
The Lisbon Treaty contains a significant number of important innovations in the fields of CFSP and ESDP. As we have seen, those are institutional rather than related to decision-making. We maintain that those could potentially be of great consequence, provided however that the modalities of implementation are carefully thought over. The new post of HR/VP will need to be filled by a “Superman” or a “Bionic Woman”. Multiple-hatting will probably facilitate synergies but also absorb more energy in the search for internal compromise, at the expense of strategic thinking and outward-looking action. Staffs from the Commission, the Council and the Member States will have to be amalgamated in a hurry within the EEAS, but this presupposes that differing working methods and mentalities will be overcome. This may lead to a lack of focus, not only in the realm of foreign policy but also in the field of European defence, even though they both need much closer attention.
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