The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security, Josep Borrell, fears that recent events in the international arena will reduce the role of the EU if European countries do not develop a common strategy.
“Europeans risk becoming more an object than a player in international affairs, reacting to the decisions of others, instead of managing events themselves and shaping them,” the head of European diplomacy wrote in his blog.
In his opinion, Borrell noted two trends that are having an increasing impact on the European Union. “Firstly, we see an increasing reaction to the growth and activation of China, a good illustration of which is the creation of AUKUS,” the European politician wrote.
Earlier, Australia entered into a partnership with the United Kingdom and the United States in the field of defense and security AUKUS. In a conversation with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Borrell expressed regret that the new partnership excludes EU countries.
Borrell considers the “multipolar dynamics” in the world to be another challenge for the EU. In particular, he points to Russia and other forces that, according to Borrell, seek to expand the sphere of influence at the regional and global levels.
“Quite often, they act to the detriment of the values and interests of the EU, as we see in Syria, Libya, Mali, and other countries,” he added.
In this regard, Borrell suggests that the EU countries “develop their capabilities and will to act.” “We must focus on what unites us, continue to strengthen mutual trust,” the head of EU diplomacy wrote. He stressed that the EU should have a common agenda in the foreign arena and not the agenda of individual states or groups.
“It is for this purpose that the so-called “Strategic Compass” is being prepared, which will outline a strategic approach to our security and defense, and which we will be guided by in our actions until 2030,” Borrell wrote.
The EU has been discussing the “Strategic Compass” for several years – the union’s overall defense and security strategy for the next 10 years. The draft document is due to be submitted in November. The approval of the “Strategic Compass” is expected at the EU summit in March 2022. The overall strategy provides, in particular, for the creation of an EU rapid reaction force.
According to the head of EU diplomacy, recent events in Afghanistan have made this document even more relevant and necessary.