As it celebrates its 60iest anniversary, the European Union could hardly be in a more dismal state. The rise of extreme populist parties, the aftermath of the core of the eurozone crisis and Brexit as its most serious crisis yet have all shaken the foundations of the Union. In addition to these internal malaises, the election of Donald Trump seems to undermine the stability and longevity of transatlantic relations and the EU’s reliance for the United States as Europe’s security provider par excellence. Despite these circumstances or because of them the 2016 European Union Global Strategy (EUGS) made a renewed attempt to conceptualise the EU as a global strategic autonomous actor in international security. The paper will focus on how, year later, this has played into the state of transatlantic relations and how it has affected the relationship between the EU and NATO?
Keywords: EUGS, international security, NATO
Patricia Daehnhardt (email@example.com)