This Chaillot Paper analyses the origins and evolution of the EU Battlegroups. Its objective is twofold: to give readers an overview of the EU Battlegroup (EU BG) Concept and to highlight some of the EU BGs’ main challenges and prospects. To date, surprisingly few studies have been dedicated to the EU BGs.¹ The four principal research questions are:
1. What are the origins of the EU Battlegroups?
2. What is the EU BG Concept?
3. What are the main challenges and prospects facing the EU BGs?
4. How are the EU BGs likely to evolve over the next few years?
To answer these questions,...