Why European National Militaries Should be Open to all EU Citizens


EU member states could use their human resources more effectively by opening their national armed forces to citizens of other EU member states. In so doing, they would pave the way for more diverse and hence more attractive national armed forces and take a step forward on the way towards a European Army. They would also extend the rights of an increasing number of mobile citizens in the EU. Belgium and Ireland are two examples from which other countries can learn. Continue reading

Wie soll die Europäische Verteidigungspolitik der Zukunft aussehen?

Studenten warten auf den Beginn einer spannenden Diskussion. Foto Thomas Harbor
Studenten warten auf den Beginn einer spannenden Diskussion | © Thomas Harbor, Sciences Po

An der Universität Sciences Po in Paris veranstaltete die Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit gemeinsam mit internationalen Studenten eine Diskussion zur Zukunft der europäischen Verteidigungspolitik. Es war gleichzeitig das erste Zusammentreffen der FDP mit Emmanuel Macrons Partei „La République en Marche“ auf einer öffentlichen Bühne. Warum die Zukunft der europäischen Verteidigungspolitik ein Flugzeug und ein etwas anderes Erasmus-Programm sein könnte.

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Upcoming Event: Liberal Breakfast: European Defense Union – Quo vadis?

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From the threat of terrorism, to far reaching conflicts at Europe’s borders and cyber warfare issues: the EU’s security environment has significantly changed over the last decade. An increased awareness of the lack of military capabilities has led to the acknowledgement by all major European institutions to re-focus on a more effective Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Is there hope that with the EU global strategy on foreign and security policy the right momentum for a successful European Defence Union has finally arrived?

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Upcoming event: “The role of the European Commission in European Defence”

logosTuesday, 17 December
15.00 – 16.30

Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Ave de Cortenbergh 71,
1000 Brussels

Against the background of the upcoming European Council, this meeting is designed to discuss the Commission’s view on the European Defence market, the proposals that had been outlined in the Communication “Towards a more competitive and efficient defence and security sector” and further steps beyond the European Elections in 2014.

We are delighted to welcome Mr. Hugo Sobral, Deputy Head of Cabinet of the President of the European Commission and MEP Andrew Duff as speakers and we are looking forward to a fruitful discussion.

Please RSVP via our online registration form by 16 December

For any information regarding this event please contact  the ESRT Director Event Coordination Andreas Berding: +32 (0) 2 640 63 92 /Andreas.Berding@security-round-table.eu