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"The EU’s tendency to lecture others often undermines its legitimacy" (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

A 10-step plan to making the EU a strategic actor

The European Union’s awkward efforts to shape events in Ukraine and to deter Russia from taking actions that threaten the EU’s interests and values there, like the EU’s massive failures in the former Yugoslavia two decades ago, yield one undeniable lesson: the European Union must learn to think and act strategically.

Given Russia’s new assertiveness and the inevitability of the United States’ ‘pivot to Asia’ over the next few decades, the urgency of this challenge cannot be overestimat...

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"The EU’s tendency to lecture others often undermines its legitimacy" (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

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