- November 02, 2021
On November 2, 2021 the Aspen Institute Germany hosted an online discussion on the topic “European Security: Towards Strategic Autonomy?” H.E. Eva-Maria Liimets, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, H.E. Claire Raulin,Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the French Republic to the Political and Security Committee of the Council of the European Union, Sir Julian King, Senior Adviser, Flint Global, Fellow, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies (RUSI) and Oxford Internet Institute, and Dr. Claudia Major, Head of International Security Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). This was the third discussion in Aspen Germany’s virtual event series “The Future of Europe: Towards Strategic Autonomy?”. The speakers focused on the perceptions of different countries and regions in Europe towards rising security threats and the European Union’s role as a security actor on the international stage. The panelists evaluated the current state of affairs of the EU’s common defense and security policy and discussed opportunities as well as hindrances for more integrated security structures among member states of the EU as well as the UK. Limited capabilities as well as the lack of institutionalized cooperation among these actors was pointed out and the dependence on ad-hoc collaboration was highlighted. The future defense and security policy of a new German government coalition was also addressed with a continued support of a strong Europe and NATO to be expected.
The entire panel discussion can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGf6iDn8N-A