Hans-Peter Bartels / Anna Maria Kellner / Uwe Optenhögel (Hg.)

Strategic Autonomy and the Defence of Europe

On the Road to a European Army?


448 Seiten
24,00 Euro
ISBN 978-3-8012-0498-3

Erscheinungstermin: Mai 2017

Lieferung in 2-3 Werktagen in Deutschland

Over the last decade European Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has been one of the weakest links of European integration. While the member states proceeded with uncoordinated cuts in their defence budgets, Europe’s political energy was almost totally absorbed by the euro crisis. It has taken a radically changing global and regional environment, characterized by hybrid threats and a blurring divide between internal and external security, to make the CSDP a political priority for the European Union again. With the new Global Strategy (2016) and its implementation package, the EU institutions have – remarkably effectively – opened the door to a European Defence Union and eventually – in the long run – a European Army. It is now up to the member states to decide how they want to achieve strategic autonomy, but at the same time ensure that the European Union retains its identity as a soft power.

This book offers insights into the political, academic and public debates on European defence and a more robust CSDP. It provides data and trends on defence spending, modernisation and multilateral cooperation for each member state and identifies the central forces shaping national and European security and defence policy. At the same time it highlights how much has already been achieved and provides concrete recommendations for the next steps towards European strategic autonomy.

Anna Maria Kellner

Anna Maria Kellner, geb. 1981, Dipl.-Pol., außen-, sicherheits- und verteidigungspolitische Expertin der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Berlin. Zuvor u.a. Büroleiterin der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Algerien und Leiterin der FES-Projekte in den Maghreb-Ländern in Berlin.


Uwe Optenhögel

geb. 1952, Dr. phil., ist Vize-Präsident der Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) und arbeitet als freiberuflicher Politik- und Organisationsberater. Zuvor war er u.a. als Direktor des Europa-Büros der FES in Brüssel tätig und leitete die Abteilung Internationaler Dialog in Berlin.


Portraitfoto von Hans-Peter Bartels

Hans-Peter Bartels

geb. 1961, Dr. phil., war 1998–2015 SPD-Bundestagsabgeordneter, zuletzt Vorsitzender des Verteidigungsausschusses, 2015–2020 Wehrbeauftragter des Deutschen Bundestages. Zahlreiche Veröffentlichungen zu sicherheitspolitischen Fragen. Bei Dietz erschienen: Strategische Autonomie und die Verteidigung Europas (2017), Deutschland und das Europa der Verteidigung (2019).