NATO’s response to the new threats has been the biggest overhaul of its command structure in a generation. Two new headquarters, one focused on the Atlantic, based in America, and another on logistics, in Germany, will be established over the next three years, adding 1,200 personnel. Generals are also getting chummy with Eurocrats. EU-NATO relations were once “trench warfare”, says Sir Adam Thomson, Britain’s envoy to NATO from 2014 to 2016. Now there is “unprecedented practical collaboration”. The EU published its own action plan on military mobility in March and sent the head of its military staff on a joint tour of Washington with his NATO counterpart last week.
Former NATO Secretary-General and ELN member, Anders Fogh Rasmussen argues that the EU and NATO must work more closely together – as partners, not rivals.
While the Biden-Putin Summit signalled Moscow and Washington’s interest in managing their disagreements, the relationship between Russia and the EU is in freefall, lacking similar recognition of the value of negotiated restraint. Igor Istomin looks at what Europe can draw from the Geneva playbook.
Janusz Onyszkiewicz argues that new initiatives for EU defence integration should strengthen the EU-NATO relationship further and he proposes a new informal European Security Council