Opinion

European defence is a vital topic, and we always welcome keen and practical debate about ways forward. The opinion pieces below are not the opinions of EDA. Rather, they are reports and articles produced by others, which EDA feel make a valuable contribution to the contemporary defence debate.

What others say

European defence, 60 years after the Treaty of Rome

Brussels - 25 August, 2017
Daniel Fiott, Security and Defence Editor at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), looks back at the history and developments of Europe’s defence ambitions to find that “the EU has come some way in dev...
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‘Europe needs a Military Schengen’

Brussels - 25 August, 2017
MEP Urmas Paet, a former Foreign Minister of Estonia and rapporteur for the European Parliament’s recently adopted ‘European Defence Union’ report, shares his views with us about the current challenges and future prospects...
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Sharing European skies

Brussels - 03 August, 2015
The implementation of the Single European Sky is a topic of utmost importance for all airspace users in Europe. Coordination between the military and civil communities is a critical enabler in that process, as we explain i...
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C-IEDs: A Lingering Threat

Brussels - 01 December, 2014
Published in Global Defence Technology, issue 46, December 2014 Improvised explosive devices have been the single largest killer of coalition soldiers in the war in Afghanistan. This has put them at the forefront of public...
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Defence: The European Council Matters

Brussels - 20 December, 2013
Defence matters. This is the opening sentence (probably the shortest ever) of the conclusions of the December 2013 European Council. And that matters too. It had become quite necessary for the Heads of State and Govern...
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