Stability and security in Europe. The changing foreign policy arena

The European Union could strengthen its capacity for political action by forming a ‘core group’ led by Germany and France. This is a necessary step now that the United States is distancing itself from Europe. It is in the Netherlands’ interest to join such a core group, the WRR says in its report Stability and security in Europe. The changing foreign policy arena (Report no. 48, 1995).

Analysis of the international situation since 1989-1990

In the report, the WRR analyses the international situation since 1989-1990: how has it changed and what are the consequences for Europe in general and for the Netherlands in particular? On the basis of the developments described in the report, the WRR outlines four principles for Dutch policy. It also suggests paths that could be taken to increase the homogeneity and cohesion of the European Union (EU) so that it can act effectively in the future.

Promoting binding elements

The WRR’s central finding is that the current era is characterised by strong tendencies towards fragmentation. In light of that, Dutch policy should concentrate on promoting the integrative elements, such as increasing the European Union’s capacity for effective action. Differentiation in the pace of integration will be inevitable.

The report is based in part on individual studies by a number of experts, which are published separately.