The notion of European ‘strategic sovereignty’ is increasingly important in debates
about the European Union. Given rapidly shifting global geopolitical and
technology trends, and the seeming fragmentation of the multilateral order, the EU
is being forced to confront its own position in international affairs. A number of
concepts have been given life because of the deteriorating international scene
including “European sovereignty”, “strategic autonomy”, “digital sovereignty”,
“technological sovereignty” and “open strategic autonomy”. However defined,
there is a need to move beyond concepts and focus on the nature of economic
interdependence, multilateralism and strategic partnerships. This online workshop,
requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, zoomed in
on each of these elements with case studies that centre on semiconductors, the Iran
nuclear deal and EU security and defence.

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