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If a strategy is announced and nobody is around to listen, does it make a sound? The European Union will find out this June, when Federica Mogherini, its high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, presents a long overdue foreign and security strategy for Europe – just when all eyes will be on the United Kingdom's referendum on EU membership.The global strategy could serve that purpose, but not if it is issued at a time when attention is squarely focused on another challenge, especially one that could bring about fundamental change for the EU.If the U.K. stays, it will require the formalization of a looser conception of the EU – one that will raise core questions about the future of European integration.Seen in this light, the U.K.'s upcoming referendum is more momentous even than the failed referendums on an EU constitution in 2005 . Beyond producing a relevant and useful foreign and security strategy, such a discussion can give the EU a new narrative, thereby invigorating public support for the European project.
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