Russia’s war in Ukraine has turned European defence and security policy upside down. The German Zeitenwende, the Versailles Summit in March, and the recently published Strategic Compass for Security and Defence are all testament to this rediscovered priority on European leaders’ agenda. Jana Puglierin takes over the podcast to talk with ECFR senior policy fellows Nick Witney – who served as the first chief executive of the European Defence Agency – and Gustav Gressel about the state of European defence and its future. Will it be different this time? What are the biggest challenges in building greater European sovereignty in defence? And how will this effort be funded?
This podcast was recorded on 5 April 2022.
- The EU’s Strategic Compass: Brand new, already obsolete by Nick Witney
- Out of the dark: Reinventing European defence cooperation by Gustav Gressel & Nick Witney