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The Global strategy for the foreign and security policy of the European Union, for short the European Union Global Strategy (EUGS), is the updated doctrine of the European Union to improve the effectiveness of the defence and security of the Union and its members states, the protection of civilians, cooperation between the member states' armed forces, management of immigration, crises etc. Adopted on 28 June 2016,[citation needed] it replaces the European Security Strategy of 2003.

The EUGS is complemented by a document titled Implementation Plan on Security and Defense (IPSD).[citation needed] The concept of strategic autonomy forms part of the European Union Global Strategy. It refers to the ability of the European Union to defend Europe and act militarily in its neighborhood without so much reliance on the United States.[1] The idea behind strategic autonomy in so far as it informs the European Global Strategy is that Europeans collectively have the capability and the will to stand up for themselves from a security and defense perspective.[2][better source needed]


  1. ^ Erlanger, Steven (May 23, 2020). "European Defense and 'Strategic Autonomy' Are Also Coronavirus Victims". The New York Times. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  2. ^ "Europe on a Power Trip - Transcript". EU Scream. November 9, 2020. Retrieved December 26, 2020.