A Common European Defence Market – How to Tackle Fragmentation

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Among the main targets of European defence initiatives is the fragmentation and inefficiency of the European defence market. European Union member states currently procure 80% of their defence equipment nationally. According to a European Commission estimate, this leads to a loss of around 50 billion € in opportunity costs per year. Fostering a more collaborative defence market will be a key if policy makers in Europe wish for more capable and interoperable armed forces.

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„Größte Herausforderung ist der Anstieg eines autoritären Populismus“

The “Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights” is the Human Rights Institution for Security and Cooperation (OSCE). The Friedrich Naumann Foundation spoke to direcotr Michael G, Link about what the OSCE can do to secure Human Rights in Europe.
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Upcoming conference: Stuck in the Middle with You: Transatlantic Security from Syria to Ukraine


Date: 12-13 October 2016
: Hotel Leopold, Rue du Luxembourg, 35-1050 Brussels

At the juncture of an ongoing conflict in Syria, porous borders on Europe’s outer fringe and continued instability in Ukraine, Europe is more unstable than ever since the end of the Cold War.
The British June Referendum to exit the European Union adds fuel to the fire of uncertainty, especially when it comes to European defence cooperation and the EU defence component. Wedged between these ongoing challenges, NATO sceptics on either side of the Atlantic are running or will be running for elections in important allied countries such as the United States and later in Germany and France. Continue reading

Lunchtime Debate with Michael Ignatieff: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

_DSC0187 - Christophe KetelsThe Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Brussels proved a majestic background for a High Level Lunch with Mr Michael Ignatieff on Friday May 15th. The Flemish liberal party Open Vld and the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit enjoyed the support of the European Liberal Forum (ELF) in organising this event with the Canadian intellectual and former politician. Continue reading