On 25th January, the European Commission has sent letters of formal notice to Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Portugal for not applying – or doing so incorrectly – EU rules on public procurement in defence and security markets.
When the Secretary General of Nato, Jens Stoltenberg, visits Sweden, the same questions are on everyone’s lips: could Sweden become a member of the alliance? In case of conflict, could NATO assist Sweden?
French President Emmanuel Macron met British Prime Minister Theresa May at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the English county of Berkshire on 18th January for the 35th Anglo-French summit. This summit came as Britain tries to strengthen bilateral ties before leaving the European Union
Last year marked the revival of the long-standing idea of a Defence Europe. Member States have taken decisive steps towards more efficiency and self-sufficiency in defense. In this context, and with more legislative proposals under way, 2018 will surely be busier, maybe more ambitious?
On 5 December, NATO Foreign Ministers, High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini, as well as colleagues from Finland and Sweden, gathered to discuss the NATO-EU relationship and European Defence in light of the future Brussels Summit in July 2018.