She took part in a closed expert lunch on “European Security and Defence” at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
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After its first full year of implementation, Alice Billon-Galland discussed the first results of the PESCO framework for Deutsche Welle.
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.
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.