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Can Europe project Power?

By Heinz Krieb (15-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Following up on his intervention at the successful conference on The European Defence of Europe?, which Egmont organized with the support of Raytheon on 6-7 February, Heinz Krieb outlines the steps Europe needs to take in order to be able to project power. Read more

Europe and Power: go global or go bust

By Luis Simón (13-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Following up on his intervention at the successful conference on The European Defence of Europe?, which Egmont organized with the support of Raytheon on 6-7 February, Luis Simón calls on Europe not to confuse a “neighbourhood first” with a “neighbourhood only” strategy. Read more

Building a capability-driven foundation for Europe’s defence

By Chris Lombardi (13-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Following up on his intervention at the successful conference on The European Defence of Europe?, which Egmont organized with the support of Raytheon on 6-7 February, Chris Lombardi pleads for missile defence as a key driver of defence cooperation. Read more

We don’t do enough for the rule of law

By Fabian Willermain (10-02-2017)

In Commentaries

At a time when EU seeks to reinvent itself, the author argues that the EU should carry out regular monitoring processes that guarantees of rule of law and democratic values  in its Member States.. Read more

Yes, NATO is obsolete

By Sven Biscop (06-02-2017)

In Commentaries

An Alliance whose credibility mostly depends on a single member cannot be maintained. Only an autonomous Europe can define its interests and choose with whom it can cooperate to defend them, in full flexibility. Read more

Three blows for the Kenyatta government

By Jean-Christophe Hoste (02-02-2017)

In Commentaries

It was not a good week for the Kenyatta government. Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed’s campaign for the African Union Commission Chair did not pay off, Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) failed to withstand another Al-Shabaab attack, and corruption has risen despite policies that promised the contrary. Read more

Europe’s post-Brexit retrenchment

By Alexander Mattelaer (30-01-2017)

In Commentaries

After many years of British advocacy of an outward-oriented EU, the prospect of Brexit threatens to leave the continent more introspective and less engaged in world affairs than ever before. Yet there may be a silver lining: the coming period of retrenchment may serve both the UK and the EU as a painful but educational reminder of the importance of European Read more

What if Mrs May had a strategy for Brexit, and her divided opponents had not?

By Franklin Dehousse (17-01-2017)

In Commentaries

A few observers objected to my presentation of the Brexit negotiation as finally not so complex. As a matter of fact, the thesis was that this negotiation would have some complex aspects, but far from other well known episodes. In my eye, until now, the main problem lies with the approach rather than Read more

The new EU energy package : towards more decarbonization and more complexity

By Franklin Dehousse (13-01-2017)

In Commentaries

In December 2016, the European Commission has presented a new package (entitled “Clean Energy for all Europeans”). This more or less completed the legislative program announced in 2014 in the framework of the Energy Union. Read more

European defence after Brexit: Flying on one engine?

By Sven Biscop (11-01-2017)

In Commentaries

Come midnight on the eve of Brexit, British tanks will not turn into pumpkins, nor battleships into watermelons. But will Britain still play an active role in security and defence when its leadership is absorbed by the Brexit negotiations? And if not the Franco-British axis, who then will drive Europe’s military engagement? Read more