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Towards European cooperative autonomy


This chapter addresses the changes and the implications they have had for the EU Global Strategy (EUGS) and European foreign policy more generally. When talking about resilience and the integrated approach in North Africa, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, the discussion focused on counter-terrorism, border management and security sector reform. An autonomous EU working towards a more cooperative world is therefore a vision that includes but goes beyond security and defence. Power at the global level has been undergoing a profound structural transformation. The story of the global power shift is well known. The disenchantment from the European project took different forms over the last three years and went through dramatic ups and downs. The EUGS was released two days after the referendum in the UK, in which for the first time the majority of voters in a Member State indicated their will to exit the Union.