The Russian aggression has turned Ukraine into the theatre of a new tragic conflict on European soil. This crisis adds to other emergency situations that have exposed the EU’s inadequacy or unpreparedness to respond to international security challenges.
Against this background, the EU and its member states need to address pressing questions concerning the future of the Strategic Compass – which the European Council should adopt on 24-25 March – and, in general, their approach and commitments in the field of security and defence.
The unprecedented measures presented by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the revision of Germany’s security and defence policy announced on Sunday by Chancellor Olaf Scholz as a reaction to the Russian invasion may represent a significant turning point for European defence. In this dossier, the Progressive Post looks at the instruments to enhance European security and deterrence.