UDC 355.02(4-672EU) 327.51
Biblid: 1451-3188, 15 (2016)
Vol. 16, No 55, pp. 284-298

Оriginal article
Received: 01 Jan 1970
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970


Beriša Hatidža (Министарство одбране, КША, Београд), rakicmile@hotmail.com
Rakić Mile (Институт за политичке студије у Београду)

This paper focuses on the importance and influence of the Union on the security of Europe, the current situation of the same and the ratio of its members to the values that the Union proclaims. In this very complex strategic environment, as in the case of the European Union, the participants (countries aspiring to membership) can never be sure of the long-term effect of certain institutional choice \"for\" or \"against\" members. Since its formation, the Union tends to proclaim European integration as a peace project that would include political and economic cooperation, which is more complex within the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) of the European Union. The paper reviews on the hard, soft and normative power of the EU, which makes it respectable factor in relation to other collectivities-alliances. In its internal transformation, the EU intends to use the pragmatic approach comparative advantage in capitalizing soft power in relation to NATO and ultimately achieve the same, exhibiting significant military and civilian potential for preserving peace and security in the region and the world.

Keywords: security and defense policy, the European Union, integration, NATO, soft and hard power, the normative power of the Republic of Serbia, foreign policy