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Eyes on the Prize: Shifts in EU interests require a reassessment of relations with the United Kingdom

The electoral year of 2024 is an opportunity to reset a relationship that will be crucial for Europe's security.


Amidst geopolitical and geoeconomic tensions, the EU needs to shape a new European security order. Beyond national efforts to increase the European contribution to NATO, the EU seeks to enhance economic security, move forward with EU enlargement and engage with wider Europe in a more flexible and strategic way. This is an opportunity to improve the current relationship with the United Kingdom, which is both limited and unsatisfactory. Following elections on both sides of the channel, the EU and the UK should define shared strategic priorities, strengthen the institutional backbone of cooperation, improve foreign policy and security cooperation and deepen and expand trade and investment relations.