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European Parliament Plenary Session – April 2021

Members of the European Parliament certainly have their work cut out for them this month with a very full agenda, featuring budgetary discharge in respect of EU financial management in 2019, spending plans for a number of EU programmes in 2021‑2027, and a number of other legislative proposals, including on the proposed digital green certificate. Continue reading

EU Defence [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Europe’s increasingly unstable neighbourhood, Britain’s plans to leave the European Union and a search for potentially successful areas of cooperation amid several crises have all renewed momentum for increased EU defence cooperation. Plans for stronger military ties among EU Member States, already envisaged in the recent EU Global Strategy, have received … Continue reading

European defence cooperation – State of play and thoughts on an EU army

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig The recent comments by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, welcoming the eventual creation of an EU army in the long run, have sparked a wide debate across European capitals and the expert community. If for some the possibility of an EU army represents an illusion that may distract EU Member States from dealing with the real … Continue reading

NATO – road to the 2014 Summit

Last NATO Summit was held in Chicago, in May 2012. The Afghan transition, the missile defence system, and cyber defence policies were at the centre of the discussion then. Two years later, the on-going withdrawal from Afghanistan, Ukraine and Russia, Syria and Iraq, and the re-thinking of the Transatlantic Partnership will be at the centre … Continue reading

Use of armed drones

6 language versions available in PDF format Einsatz bewaffneter Drohnen Utilización de aeronaves no tripuladas armadas Utilisation de drones armés L’uso dei droni armati Stosowanie uzbrojonych dronów The use of armed drones Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS) – commonly known as drones – are designed for diverse uses: civilian, commercial … Continue reading

European defence cooperation: New impetus needed

The December 2013 European Council summit is due to debate the EU’s security and defence policy. Many expect the summit to give renewed impetus to European defence, as economic austerity has had a severe impact on the defence budgets and military capabilities of EU Member States (MS). Moreover, the EU’s future ability to protect its … Continue reading

European defence in times of austerity

Last update: December 2013 “Pooling and Sharing” and “Smart Defence” The economic crisis and subsequent substantial cuts in national defence budgets have put the military capabilities of the EU MS considerably under strain.  It has also triggered the necessity for improved and better coordinated military cooperation between Member States’ armed forces. According to a RAND study, … Continue reading

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