|Author (Person)||Michta, Andrew A.|
|Series Title||Strategic Europe|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
In September 2016, Europe’s leaders declared their intent to revisit the idea of forging closer military ties, including the creation of a new military headquarters. From the get-go, the new announcement was met with a voluminous stream of editorialising, from proponents and sceptics alike. Yet the latest calls miss the point, as they fail to address Europe’s pressing security challenges.
In the end, calling for the creation of a new military headquarters and for the EU to get serious about forging military ties ensures that Europeans will again sidestep the issues of spending more on defence, improving coordination, and strengthening NATO. The new European defence initiative sends the disturbingly familiar message that the EU’s leaders are poised for another round of talking institutional change in place of addressing hard-power dilemmas.
|Subject Categories||Security and Defence|
|Countries / Regions||Europe|