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The European Council and defence: the state of our ambition

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Does Europe still have an ambition in defence beyond that of its academics, i.e. to write papers about it? When the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, put an assessment of “the state of defence in Europe” on the agenda of the Heads of State and Government of the European Union (EU),1 he definitely generated a new and very hectic round of producing papers. But he also successfully galvanized the debate and, potentially, turned it into a new direction.NUPI Policy Brief 20, Dec. 2013.
(Photo credit: President of the European Council, Flickr)