“Europe cannot wait for unity: Teaming up to improve EU foreign policy effectiveness and what the Netherlands could contribute to it”, Ties Dams, Giulia Cretti and Louise van Schaik (Clingendael Institute, The Netherlands)

The EU is not always united and visible in foreign policy. This policy brief argues it could make more use of leading groups of member states under the coordination of the High Representative and European External Action Service (EEAS), the type of strategic thinking that guided the development of the Strategic Compass, and a Team Europe approach to a wider range of international activities, going beyond development cooperation. One idea would be to formulate a European Council Forum on Economic Security and Sanction policy. The Netherlands could contribute proactively, for instance by advocating for a strategic conversation on the topic of economic power at the level of the European Council.

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