The concept of a unified Europe, which has materialised into the EU of today, was established in order to make the continent and its neighbourhood a safer place following the two World Wars. There is nothing to suggest that without unity these sorts of events cannot happen again.
It may appear quite rhetorical to affirm that Brexit would affect the EU project as a whole. Brexit is, however, something more than that.
Stabilisation support aims to fulfil a political objective but even with the hundreds of millions spent to date, stabilisation activities consistently fail to contribute to policy objectives, and often fail at the more modest programmatic outcome level. Why?
Foreign and security policy will be one of the key issues in the lead up to the referendum on whether the UK should remain in or leave the EU on 23 June 2016.
inancial instability, terrorism, civil conflicts in the neighbourhood, irregular migration are forcing the EU’s institutions and Member states to prove their capacity to tackle security threats in a coordinated and coherent way.
The EU is ready made to be an internationally significant mediator as it is itself a peace-building project. It does not, however, gain the prominence that might be expected.