Strategic autonomy: the quest for self-determination and respect.
Strategic autonomy is a means to safeguard sovereignty. Strategic autonomy means capabilities, capacities and control (C3) to safeguard and strengthen sovereignty of the state of an alliance of states such as the EU. The debate on strategic autonomy is ongoing since some 4 years and will not abate soon.
A formal definition:
strategic autonomy is the ability, in terms of capacity and capabilities, to decide and act upon essential aspects of the longer-term future in economy, society and democracy.