Defence is a key to shaping Europe’s long-term future

Major industrial defence companies have to engage in shaping defence in and for Europe (photo:dpa)
Major industrial defence companies have to engage in shaping defence in and for Europe (photo:dpa)

The role Europe plays in an evolving and increasingly competitive global environment is at the forefront of European Summit meetings. But rarely is the debate about Europe’s long term welfare and prosperity linked to the importance of defence and security. A thorough reappraisal will take time but the December 2013 summit could be a turning point for strategic thinking.

<i>The EU Summit in December will address Europe’s defence – not just another symbolic move or declaratory statement, but its very rationale in a post-Afghanistan circumstance. It will be the first time in ten years that defence has been the summit's focus – without an outright opponent and little public ranking ...

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