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EU's High representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini talks to journalists as she arrives before an EU summit meeting on June 28, 2016 at the European Union headquarters in Brussels.

“citizen soldiers” to deal with threats inside Europe

EU-Wide Internal Security Forces

January 2017, Number 08.01

“Politicians, the media and academic political experts welcomed the presentation of the European Union Global Strategy (EUGS) on Foreign and Security Policy to the European Council by EU Commission Vice President and High Representative Federica Mogherini on June 28, 2016. The EU needs the policy as much as ever, pointed out Professor Sven Biscop of the Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations in his paper, “The EU Global Strategy: Realpolitik with European Characteristics.”

“First of all, the EUGS introduces a new overall approach to foreign and security policy, which can be read as a correction on the 2003 ‘European Security Strategy (ESS)’ that preceded it,” Biscop said. “The vital interests that the EUGS defines are vital to all Member States: the security of EU citizens and territory. … The EUGS identifies five priorities: (1) the security of the EU itself; (2) the neighborhood; (3) how to deal with war and crisis; (4) stable regional orders across the globe; and (5) effective global governance. ... First, there is a strong focus on Europe’s own security (which was much less present in the ESS) and on the neighborhood: We will take responsibility foremost in Europe...”

Excerpt from Alfred C. Lugert et al., “EU-Wide Internal Security Forces,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 8, No. 1, 2017: 28-33.

Alfred C. Lugert chairs the study group for security policy in Vienna. He has been a visiting professor of political science at the University of New Orleans and has taught at the University of Vienna, the University of Munich and the University of Salzburg, where he earlier earned his Ph.D. He is an expert in Balkan studies and served in several peacekeeping missions, including with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the European Union. He is a retired Austrian Air Force colonel.

In cooperation with Władysław Bartoszewski, Tuomas Forsberg, Maria Grazia Galantino, Alain Lamballe, Alain Pellegrini, Alexandra Richie and Walter Tancsits

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.