In the 21st century, those who control digital technologies are increasingly able to influence economic, societal and political outcomes. Despite its many assets, the EU is in danger of falling behind in this race.
Strategic autonomy refers to the capacity of a political entity to pursue its own course in international relations, that is, to set its own objectives and act upon them. In practical terms, it is a balancing act on a spectrum ranging from absolute self-sufficiency or autarky to full dependence. A reasonable level of strategic autonomy – flanked with strategic partnerships and alliances – is essential if the EU and its Member States want to pursue and protect their own interests in the global arena.