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European Foreign and Security Policy

Challenges and Opportunities for the German EU Presidency

SWP Research Paper 2006/RP 10, 15.10.2006, 81 Seiten Forschungsgebiete

Expectations placed on the German EU presidency in the first half of 2007 are especially high: Besides the current work that needs to be processed efficiently and cooperatively, each EU presidency has the opportunity to put items on the agenda that it considers to be especially important. Today, for the EU member states, foreign and security policy is ultimately only conceivable in a European framework. This is made very clear in the European Security Strategy of 2003, the fundamental policy statement for European foreign and security policy. None of the risks described there could be dealt with on a national level. For all their scepticism about the EU, the populations of the EU member states have certainly recognized this and wish for "more Europe" especially in foreign and security policies. More coherence, more joint European foreign and security activity, and greater visibility of the EU as an international player can consequentially also serve to strengthen public confidence in the European project in individual European countries.

This collection of 16 contributions by researchers at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, deals with the foreign and security issues that we believe will gain particular relevance for the EU during the German presidency. Rather than addressing all aspects of European foreign and security policy, we concentrate on a small selection where a heightened need for action is to be expected, and also look at others that call for initiatives whose timeframe extends beyond the first half of 2007.

Table of Contents

Volker Perthes
Germany's EU Presidency: Responsibility for European Interests

Andreas Maurer
Strengthening Europe's Voice in the World
The European Union's Foreign and Security Policy

Annegret Bendiek
CFSP and ESDP: Flexible Integration and Financial Transparency

Markus Kaim
EU Battle Groups and Civilian Headline Goal-ESDP Targets

Tasks in the Extended Neighborhood

Franz-Lothar Altmann
Reconstruction and Stabilization in the Western Balkans

Dušan Reljic
A European Perspective for Kosovo

Anneli Gabanyi
Containing the Risk of Escalation in the Trans-Dniester Republic

Katja Niethammer / Guido Steinberg
A Multilateral Security Architecture for the Persian Gulf

Andrea Schmitz
A Political Strategy for Central Asia

Relations with the Major Powers

Jens van Scherpenberg
Integrating the Atlantic Economic Area

Sabine Fischer
Difficult Partnership with Russia

Hanns Günther Hilpert / Markus Tidten
Redefining Relations with Japan

Gudrun Wacker
More Coherence in Relations with China

Oliver Thränert / Christian Wagner
Nuclear Cooperation with India

Global Challenges

Muriel Asseburg / Johannes Reissner / Isabelle Werenfels
The Challenge of Political Islam

Enno Harks
Energy Security - The Challenge of the Twenty-First Century

Gebhard Geiger
Galileo and GMES - Pacemakers of EU Space Policy