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The international security engagement of the European Union – Courage and capabilities for a more active EU report from the 1P stP European Strategic Forum, Warsaw 2006

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The European Security Strategy of 2003 calls for an active, capable and coherent EU security policy and for a common ‘strategic culture’ in Europe. Since then much progress has been achieved, particularly with re-gard to the institutions and capabilities of European security policy. Yet the construction of a common security culture remains a critical challenge. Too often the EU is hampered by a lack of strategic consensus between Member States on where, how, when and for what reasons the EU should engage in security operation.

Internationale Politikanalyse – International Policy Analysis Unit, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Jan. 2007.
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