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The European Defence Programme focuses on the future of European defence, in the frameworks of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and the NATO European pillar. It addresses the opportunities for enhancing EU-NATO relations, encouraging greater commitment to transatlantic burdensharing, and improving European cohesion on defence matters.

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The V4 on Defence: The Art of Disagreement

Martin Michelot, Deputy Director of the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy in Prague, analyses the Visegrád group's agenda for European defence, noting that the establishment of the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) offers an important role for small and mid-size member states in future PESCO initiatives. This presents a potential new opportunity for the Visegrád Four (V4).

26 June 2018 | Martin Michelot
European Defence
Commentary

Uncharted Waters: the Italian Government’s Foreign and Security Policy

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.

18 June 2018 | Stefano Stefanini
European Defence
Commentary

Bosnia and the EU: Time to end Operation Althea

ELN Senior Associate Fellow Nicholas Williams argues that, even if the EU’s military function in Bosnia has evolved from a deterrent to a reassurance role, the military presence could at some stage become an obstacle to progress towards EU membership.

30 April 2018 | Nicholas Williams
European Defence
Commentary

NATO-EU Cooperation: Don’t Forget Berlin Plus!

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.

26 March 2018 | Nicholas Williams
European Defence

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