The European agenda on security

Authored by: Kåre Dahl Martinsen

The Routledge Handbook of European Security Law and Policy

Print publication date:  October  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138609990
eBook ISBN: 9780429465918
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429465918-2

 Download Chapter

 

Abstract

Russia and China threaten Europe. Both countries try to exploit internal tensions in Europe to further their cause and weaken Europe’s ability to mount a unified answer. The Russian war against Ukraine was met with European and US sanctions. Yet this has not prevented the signing of a lucrative gas export deal with Germany, a deal which will have a detrimental impact on regional stability. Close links between Russia and European nationalist and anti-EU parties might impair EU’s continued assistance of the countries on the Union’s eastern border. China is primarily a threat to European industrial prowess and economic competitiveness. Take-overs of European enterprises, industrial espionage, and targeted investments in poorer EU countries have given China a troubling foothold inside the European Union. Although the problems posed by China are broadly similar in Europe and the US, no efforts have been made to agree on a common response. The Trump administration’s coupling of trans-Atlantic trade with security has so far made this impossible.

 Cite
Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.