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European Strategic Autonomy: Distant but Irresistible
European Strategic Autonomy: Distant but Irresistible

Author(s): Michal Šimečka
Subject(s): International relations/trade, Security and defense, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, Politics and Identity
Published by: Ústav mezinárodních vztahů
Keywords: EU; security; NATO; Donald Trump; EU's identity; Czech Republic;
Summary/Abstract: Under pressure from overlapping crises, the European Union is embracing a more assertive role in security. The election of Donald Trump has added a further sense of urgency and purpose to EU defense cooperation. The pursuit of European strategic autonomy is not just a matter of upgrading capabilities, building institutions, or re-calibrating EU–NATO cooperation. It is also a struggle to re-invent the EU’s identity. The Czech Republic emerged as a supporter of the new dynamic, but Prague should do more to back its rhetorical support with tangible commitments and policy leadership.

  • Page Count: 9
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: English