Previously, the EU used its soft power to influence international relations. However, after recent global power shifts, soft power alone is no longer enough. The EU lacks a single and coherent geopolitical vision, while few political leaders believe the EU can play a geopolitical role. Therefore, the main priority for the new EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) should be to achieve a better balance between soft and hard power, in support of clearly defined geopolitical objectives, says Rob de Wijk.
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