Rapid Deployment Capacity, the EU's future military strategy

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The European Union has historically relied on its economic position to build its "soft power" through trade and international aid flows. However, the time has come for the EU to learn the "language of power", Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said.

The EU is indeed at risk of "strategic shrinkage" due to growing ideological pressure from new global players, increasingly labelling our liberal values as a Western construct and thus disputing our normative power. Europe's share in global wealth and population has shrunk in the past two or three decades. Consequently, our influence on international standards and innovation capacity in emerging fields such as artificial intelligence and cloud computing has declined too. Moreover, the demonstrations of military capability and the destabilisation strategies featuring cyber warfare of new prominent actors have reinforced the concerns about the ability of the EU to preserve its own security and respond autonomously to emerging threats. Russia is indeed blackmailing the bloc by leveraging energy supplies, while today's news is that the non-democratic Belarus, backed by Moscow, is pushing its relations with the EU to the breaking point by weaponizing migrants on Poland's borders.