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LMC 2017

More EU, Less NATO?

Needing to show post-Brexit cohesion, the EU has beefed up its defence efforts. Intensified cooperation is partly aimed at showing the US that Europe is ready to take a greater role in security and defence. Yet Europe still relies on NATO as its geopolitical cornerstone. Donald Trump’s administration, like its predecessor, is placing less emphasis on transatlantic ties and urging Europe to do more —and to spend more.


Rose Gottemoeller
Rose Gottemoeller

Deputy Secretary General, NATO

Nathalie Tocci

Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali

Reinhard Brandl
Reinhard Brandl

Member of the German Bundestag

Etienne de Durand
Etienne de Durand

Deputy for Defence Policy and Strategic Foresight, Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy, Ministry of Defence, France


Jüri Luik

Estonian Ambassador to NATO

  • Can Europe live up to these expectations at home and abroad?
  • Is meaningful defence cooperation possible without a common foreign policy?  
  • Does the EU Global Strategy provide answers?
  • How should NATO react to the EU’s ambitions and aspirations—and will they accelerate American disengagement?
  • What role do France and Britain have as European nuclear powers in an era of transatlantic dislocation and uncertainty? 

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