These past few years, the European Union (EU) has taken various decisions which, when taken together, begin to amount to a careful repositioning in international politics. Concepts such as strategic autonomy and principled pragmatism are increasingly seen as key concepts that define the Union’s new approach. Yet that nascent Grand Strategy is not equally shared by all EU Member States and institutions, nor has it yet been incorporated into all strands of EU policy. If the implications are not fully thought through and the repositioning stops here, the EU as well as the Member States risk ending up in a permanently ambivalent position: more than a satellite of the US, but not a really independent power either. Will 2020 see the EU and the Member States muster the courage to fully implement the choices that they have already started to make? And will it be room for third country participation?

This will be discussed when Sven Biscop visits NUPI on 6th February. He is the Director of the Europe in the World Programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, which he joined in 2002, and a Professor at the Ghent Institute for International Studies (GIIS) at Ghent University. His research and teaching focus on the strategies of the European Union, NATO and their Member States.

This event is part of NUPI’s seminar series Norway meets Europe, and will be moderated by Pernille Rieker, Research Professor at NUPI.

The seminar will be live streamed at NUPI’s YouTube channel: