European Foreign and Security Policy

In light of the mul­ti­tu­de of cur­rent for­eign and secu­ri­ty poli­cy chal­len­ges, the­re is an urgent need for action by the European Uni­on (EU). The EU’s Com­mon For­eign and Secu­ri­ty Poli­cy (CFSP) is the­re­fo­re of par­ti­cu­lar impor­t­an­ce. As set out in the 2009 Lis­bon Trea­ty, the CFSP wants to make a las­ting con­tri­bu­ti­on to peace and secu­ri­ty in a glo­bal world. Moti­ves like self-assertion (against gro­wing glo­bal mar­gi­na­li­za­ti­on) and inde­pen­dence (of domi­nant part­ners like the US or NATO) are also key parts of this poli­cy.


In June 2016, the CSFP’s High Rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ve, Fede­ri­ca Mog­heri­ni, published a new basic stra­te­gic pro­gram (Glo­bal Stra­te­gy). The European Uni­on, as pri­ma­ri­ly a pro­ject of inte­gra­ti­on and peace, has had an ethi­cal dimen­si­on sin­ce its very begin­nings and defi­nes its­elf as a com­mu­ni­ty of values. Values like human digni­ty, free­dom, demo­cra­cy, equa­li­ty and human rights lie at the heart of the EU. A more exact defi­ni­ti­on of the­se ethi­cal noti­ons remains, howe­ver, just as open as the key terms cen­tral to ethics (princi­pals, values, inte­rests) and their rela­ti­ons­hip to each other. Metho­di­cal stan­dards occa­sio­nal­ly still remain blur­red. Cri­ti­cism of ‘empty rhe­to­ric’ is voi­ced.

The project’s focus on the nor­ma­ti­ve ethi­cal foun­da­ti­ons of the CFSP allows space for deeper reflec­tion. With the know­ledge of the Chris­ti­an roots of Euro­pe the pro­ject aims to deal with the emer­ging issu­es from a theological-ethical per­spec­tive as well as with awa­reness of Chris­ti­an obser­va­tions. The pro­ject as a who­le (from August 2016) is based on and builds upon the fol­lo­wing three pil­lars:

  • A descrip­ti­ve, political-scientific approach
  • A deci­ded­ly theo­lo­gi­cal and Chris­ti­an approach
  • A fun­da­men­tal ethi­cal and soci­al ethi­cal approach

Project Supervisor

Dr. Mar­co Schrage