Beyond Spock and Spartacus – The EU as a regional Ordnungsmacht

By Tobias Franke | 4 April 2011

The EU’s foreign policy has sometimes been described as imperialist. However, the latest crisis in Libya demonstrates once more the EU’s resemblance to an Unidentified Political Object (UPO), with little sense of direction. Yet, should we put our heads in the sand and resign? No, it is high time the EU adopted a clear strategy and positioned itself in the international system of the 21st century. Rather than an empire or an UPO the EU could become a regional Ordnungsmacht.