Today the debate over European ‘strategic autonomy’ revolves mostly around the military aspects of the EU security and defence policy. However, the Union’s added value vis-à-vis other actors in the field has often been within the civilian realm.
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Although the EU’s increased defence efforts and states’ diverging industrial interests will inevitably create tensions in the short-term, these should not be allowed to poison transatlantic relations.
On 11 March 2019, ELN Policy Fellow Alice Billon-Galland headed to Washington DC to attend the Carnegie Endowment’s workshop on “European Defence Cooperation in a New Transatlantic Context.”
Faced with transatlantic rifts, Allies should concentrate not on grand designs but rather on implementing the Wales agenda and strengthening Euro-Atlantic security from the bottom-up.
Munich Security Conference 2019: “European strategic autonomy in defence – Implications for industry and politics”
The ELN partnered with the Federation of German Industries (BDI) to host a high-level roundtable on European defence at the 2019 Munich Security Conference.
In this ELN-IISS research paper, Policy Fellow Alice Billon-Galland and Research Analyst Yvonni-Stefania Efstathiou assess whether current PESCO projects address the EU’s identified shortfalls to any meaningful extent.