The EU’s Strategic Compass and its Four Baskets

On September 21, 2020, DGAP and the German Ministry of Defence hosted an expert workshop on the Strategic Compass and its four baskets. Participating think-tankers from across Europe were invited to provide input and discuss their ideas in four break-out sessions.

BSoG Vice-Dean for Research, Prof. Dr. Alexander Mattelaer, served as rapporteur of the “Partnerships” working group.

Three guiding questions structured the input and debate during the workshop and its break-out sessions:

  • In your opinion, which concrete topics or issues should be addressed at the strategic level in the four thematic blocks?
  • What critical points do you anticipate concerning diverging threat perceptions of the individual EU member states?
  • In your view, what measures would be necessary for the Strategic Compass to generate real added value for an EU capable of action?

The workshop resulted with the publication of the DGAP Report on 11 November, and on 2 December the findings were presented to the member states at a seminar hosted by the German Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The DGAP report is available here.