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European defence / NATO

An appeal to the moderate Trump

By Sven Biscop (17-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Without the EU, there can be no NATO. Can we please sell this message to the US? read more…

The case for more Europe in the Alliance

By Alexander Mattelaer (16-02-2017)

In Commentaries

While NATO has been called obsolete, its current relevance is clear. Without US support, the cost of European security increases dramatically. Europeans therefore cannot continue avoiding the call for more equitable burden-sharing in the NATO alliance.

This article was first published in l’Echo (in French). read more…

Can Europe project Power?

By Heinz Krieb (15-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Following up on his intervention at the successful conference on The European Defence of Europe?, which Egmont organized with the support of Raytheon on 6-7 February, Heinz Krieb outlines the steps Europe needs to take in order to be able to project power. read more…

Europe and Power: go global or go bust

By Luis Simón (13-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Following up on his intervention at the successful conference on The European Defence of Europe?, which Egmont organized with the support of Raytheon on 6-7 February, Luis Simón calls on Europe not to confuse a “neighbourhood first” with a “neighbourhood only” strategy. read more…

Building a capability-driven foundation for Europe’s defence

By Chris Lombardi (13-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Following up on his intervention at the successful conference on The European Defence of Europe?, which Egmont organized with the support of Raytheon on 6-7 February, Chris Lombardi pleads for missile defence as a key driver of defence cooperation. read more…

Yes, NATO is obsolete

By Sven Biscop (06-02-2017)

In Commentaries

An Alliance whose credibility mostly depends on a single member cannot be maintained. Only an autonomous Europe can define its interests and choose with whom it can cooperate to defend them, in full flexibility. read more…

Europe’s post-Brexit retrenchment

By Alexander Mattelaer (30-01-2017)

In Commentaries

After many years of British advocacy of an outward-oriented EU, the prospect of Brexit threatens to leave the continent more introspective and less engaged in world affairs than ever before. Yet there may be a silver lining: the coming period of retrenchment may serve both the UK and the EU as a painful but educational reminder of the importance of European read more…

European defence after Brexit: Flying on one engine?

By Sven Biscop (11-01-2017)

In Commentaries

Come midnight on the eve of Brexit, British tanks will not turn into pumpkins, nor battleships into watermelons. But will Britain still play an active role in security and defence when its leadership is absorbed by the Brexit negotiations? And if not the Franco-British axis, who then will drive Europe’s military engagement? read more…

Monday, 6 February 2017

The European Defence of Europe?

International expert seminar

In view of Donald Trump’s statement during the US election campaign that “NATO may be obsolete”, it seems that High Representative Federica Mogherini was prescient when writing the objective of strategic autonomy into the EU Global Strategy, which she presented to the European Council in June 2016. That, however, was just a few days after Britain voted for Brexit, which at a stroke made strategic autonomy that more difficult to achieve. read more…

Optimism and rearmament

By Sven Biscop (06-01-2017)

In Commentaries

At the start of the new year, Sven Biscop desperately tries to remain optimistic.

This article also appeared in a Dutch version in De Morgen on 27 December 2016 read more…