August 4, 2021

The Sinatra doctrine, the EU strategy to survive in a world of powers – The World Order

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The weight of the European Union in the world decreases while that of China and the United States, Russia and Turkey try to expand across the continent and the pandemic changes the world. To build a stronger Europe, the European Commission has proposed the Sinatra doctrine, or Borrell doctrine: a new foreign policy that involves being more independent while continuing to cooperate with third countries.

International relations are reminiscent of a seesaw in which children push themselves up and down, over and over again. The United States and China increasingly weigh more on that seesaw, while global dynamics shift towards Asia. The next decades will be decisive for world leadership, and the European Union does not want to be left behind.

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is committed to a geopolitical Europe that holds more power in the world, on a par with the United States, Russia or China. Its instrument is the Sinatra doctrine, presented in 2019 and also known as the “Borrell doctrine” by its ideologue, the high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell. With it, Brussels seeks to overcome its commercial and strategic dependence on other countries to find its own path. That is why it is baptized in honor of the singer Frank Sinatra and his song My way, ‘my way’.

The Sinatra doctrine is based on two principles: strategic autonomy and cooperation. On the one hand, it aims to regain control of European industry and security, dependent on China and the United States, respectively, …

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Madrid, 1998. In the Double degree of International Relations and Political Science and Public Management at the URJC, with a stay at the Institute of Political Studies (SciencesPo) in Lille, France. Geopolitics, diplomacy, human rights … and intrahistory.