General Mattis speaking at NATO

Regional cohesion is key to challenges by multiple crises

Preserving EU Security

January 2017, Number 08.01

“If a major driver of integration evolution is the pressure coming from the internal and external environments, then today’s security environment presumably guarantees the further development of the European security community. International terrorism, the massive flow of refugees, an armed conflict on Europe’s frontier and the lack of internal coherence within the European Union should theoretically pose no new problems in terms of quality, since the community has already encountered them in one way or another. Still, the terrorist attacks by the Islamic State and its supporters within Europe, the migration predicament, the crisis in Ukraine and Brexit, above all else, have created a new dynamic with security as its core issue. At the same time, these problems call for self-reflection and for drawing conclusions about EU policies and the actions of member states. That includes the countries of the Visegrád Group, an alliance of four Eastern European countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. In this regard, the EU’s internal and external problems highlight shortcomings in the sphere of geopolitics, institutions and principles...”

Excerpt from Gabor Csizmazia, “Preserving EU Security,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  8, No. 1, 2017: 16-21.

Gabor Csizmazia is an assistant lecturer at the Faculty of International and European Studies, National University of Public Service in Hungary, where he teaches theories of international relations, security studies and U.S. foreign and security policy. His research focuses on contemporary U.S. foreign and security policy in relation to Central and Eastern Europe. He is a Marshall Center alumnus.

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