EPRS Admin By / June 10, 2021

Common areas of transatlantic interest in security and defence

Common areas of transatlantic interest in security and defence

Common areas of transatlantic interest in security and defence

Experts encourage the Biden administration to ‘welcome EU efforts to develop greater capabilities … to remove a needless thorn’ in the relationship. While The Economist predicts a receptive administration as regards EU defence activities, it anticipates resistance to strategic autonomy ‘if seen as undermining NATO’. Although the US administration is likely ‘to view a well-coordinated and well-executed European defense policy as contributing to a European pillar in NATO’, others highlight that concerns about protectionism and duplication will persist. As China’s rise is shifting the US focus from the Europe to the Indo-Pacific the EU’s ability to carry out a greater number of security tasks independently from the USA has gained in urgency


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