The geopolitics of technology: How the EU can become a global player

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Series Details ECFR/450, Number 450
Publication Date May 2022
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  • Battles in the digital space have taken centre stage in today’s global power struggles. The European Union (EU) cannot stay aside.
  • To become a geopolitical actor, the EU needs to learn to play global technology politics and should adopt an ambitious digital diplomacy strategy.
  • A digital diplomacy strategy will enable the EU to better defend its values, enhance its security, and foster digital markets at home and worldwide.
  • To counter Chinese and Russian influence in the technology realm, the EU should build digital alliances with like-minded countries. The EU needs to seek greater convergence with the US and other Western allies, and offer the global south an attractive alternative path to digital development.
  • For the European External Action Service and the European Commission to succeed in this task, the concurrence of the EU institutions, the member states, and a variety of private stakeholders is essential.
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