Jane Kinninmont, the ELN Impact Director, commented on the recent announcement that the UK will have its largest military spending boost in 30 years in 2021. She noted that the proposal has already received criticism, highlighting the problematic placement of British submarines in Scotland. The whole recording (in Slovak) can be found here.
Despite the latest show of EU-NATO burgeoning collaboration, the Berlin Plus agreement has seemingly been quietly forgotten. Now is the time to recall the benefits of the only framework for NATO-EU operational cooperation in a crisis.
ELN Policy Fellow Alice Billon-Galland participated in the Prague European Summit 2018, speaking at a panel on “European Defence Cooperation: A Symbol of the Future of European Integration?”
Stefano Stefanini, Italy’s former Ambassador to NATO, argues that the new Five Star-League Italian government will soon be faced with stark foreign policy choices. Although the government will likely remain anchored to NATO and will quickly learn it cannot ‘have it all’, the coalition could cause significant disruption to EU policy through populist stances on migration or Russia sanctions.