The EU’s neighbourhood is characterised by turmoil and fragility whilst the pillars of the multilateral rules-based order are under attack. External and internal expectations on the EU to bundle its weight to wield influence on the international stage are high. Yet, EU foreign and security policy tends to be characterised by a gap between expectations and ambitions on the one hand, and actual delivery on the other. In our think tank work, we analyse these challenges and constraints, assess how the EU has dealt with concrete international dossiers, and develop forward-looking recommendations for its international role in a world increasingly driven by geopolitics. Our work places special emphasis on the role and contribution of the Franco-German couple.
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