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Making sense of the (post-)Brexit EU: security, stability and the future of EU’s collective security


  • Alexandru-Constantin APETROE

    () (PhD candidate in Political Science at the Faculty of European Studies at BabeșBolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania)


This paper will address the situation of the European Union following the 2016 Brexit referendum. Enveloping the debates surrounding the European Union’s collective security and the role of NATO in the post 9/11 world, Brexit opened the door for a serious discussion on the transatlantic partnership of the European Union with the United States, in particular after the 2016 Presidential Election. British reluctance on European integration and their “special relationship” with the United States have always been seen as an element which hindered Europe to reach its full potential as a global actor. Brexit, if carefully and pragmatically assessed, can signify an opportunity for the European Union to behave in a more cohesive manner on ensuring its collective security, either in the form of a European Common Defence Programme, or in the form of a reformed/reimagined NATO.

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  • Alexandru-Constantin APETROE, 2018. "Making sense of the (post-)Brexit EU: security, stability and the future of EU’s collective security," CES Working Papers, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 10(3), pages 251-270, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:jes:wpaper:y:2018:v:10:i:3:p:251-270

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    1. Anand Menon & Brigid Fowler, 2016. "Hard or Soft? The Politics of Brexit," National Institute Economic Review, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, vol. 238(1), pages 4-12, November.
    2. Derek Averre, 2016. "The Ukraine Conflict: Russia’s Challenge to European Security Governance," Europe-Asia Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 68(4), pages 699-725, April.
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    Brexit; EU; PESCO; NATO; collective security;


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