Hilmar Linnenkamp, Christian Mölling

A Doable Agenda for the European Defence Council 2013

Three Proposals

SWP Comment 2013/C 28, August 2013, 4 Pages

The EU heads of state and government have made their December European Council a litmus test for Europe's commitment to global security and defence. Yet the summit's agenda is a patchwork of dozens of tiny bureaucratic dossiers that will neither get CSDP back on track nor impress anybody outside Europe. To make the Council a success member states should opt for a sober assessment of the current situation through a European defence review as a basis for future decision making, increase their capacity to act jointly on defence matters by bolstering the European Defence Agency and agree on a small number of bold and realistic flagship projects.

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