On 20 June 2019, Heads of State or Government in the European Council adopted the EU’s Strategic Agenda for 2019-2024. This high-level document is designed to provide a blueprint of the EU’s political direction for the next five years. This search for a common narrative has perhaps been deeper and more reflective this time around, as the EU prepares for life as a Union of 27.
This explainer will identify the number of political groups in the European Parliament and why they are important. It will also highlight some of the main political trends that are emerging in the run up to the elections and examine the implications of these trends for political group formation in the new European Parliament.
In this blog, Professor Ben Tonra examines EU cooperation on security and defence. He explores the competing approaches to security and defence cooperation at the EU level, including calls for the creation of a so-called ‘European army’ and argues that the EU’s changing security landscape may require it to rethink its approach to security and defence cooperation.