The EU outlined the ambition to increase its strategic autonomy in the 2016 Global Strategy. While the question of how the EU can be more capable in the area of security and defence is not new, the Covid-19 crisis has highlighted additional vulnerabilities of the EU in an ever more competitive international environment. Economic and technological dependencies have moved to the forefront and prompted a debate on a possibly stronger role of the state in increasing the EU’s resilience to global crises. Lately, France and Germany have strongly supported initiatives to help the EU act and think more strategically, including the formulation of a “Strategic Compass” for the EU. However, member states’ views on the right level of ambition and concrete policies in support of strategic autonomy still differ. This seminar features views from policy planners from Paris and Berlin. It aims to discuss the level of ambition, concrete steps and the challenges of the EU’s quest to increase its strategic autonomy.
The webinar is organized in cooperation with the 2020 German EU Council Presidency.
Registration to Maija Salonen (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday 19 October.
Christoph Schwegmann, Senior Defence Advisor, Policy Planning Staff, German Federal Foreign Office
Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Director, Centre for Analysis, Planning and Strategy, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Sari Rautio, Director, Unit for Security Policy and Crisis Management, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Nicole Koenig, Deputy Director, Jacques Delors Centre, Berlin
Discussion and Q&A
Niklas Helwig, Leading Researcher, FIIA