Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/230060
Authors: 
Abels, Christoph M.
Anheier, Helmut K.
Begg, Iain
Featherstone, Kevin
Year of Publication: 
2020
Citation: 
[Journal:] Global Policy [ISSN:] 1758-5899 [Volume:] 11 [Issue:] 1 [Pages:] 128-142
Publisher: 
Wiley, Hoboken, NJ
Abstract: 
In the present context of intensifying competition between the major trading economies and potentially game-changing technological developments, the European Union is generally seen as the weaker party. Lacking the ‘hard power’ derived from military capabilities, it has laid claim to a ‘soft power’ of normative influence externally, yet even that is only partially utilised. Nor has Europe been able to exercise the power to coerce – ‘sharp power’ – commensurate with its economic weight as a trading bloc equivalent in size and reach to the US or China, its most prominent global competitors. How can Europe strengthen its position, and in what fields? Through a scenario exercise, we develop eight policy proposals aimed at countering Europe´s vulnerabilities and enabling it to assert its sharp and soft power more effectively. Specifically, we consider the feasibility, means and scope for their realisation. Together, they provide a transformative agenda for the EU’s position in the world.
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