‘Op-ed’ piece on the European Defence Agency from Frank Slijper, a colleague at TNI. Reflecting on the first five years of the EDA, Slijper concludes:

“The fact that the EDA has remained largely invisible to most people is deeply problematic. The referenda rejecting the Constitutional Treaty and the Lisbon Treaty showed the ambiguity and widely diverging, often negative, views of European citizens on the current state and proposed future of Europe — including its rapidly developing security and defence policies. Continuing on the road to further EU military integration, including the special role for the EDA, without broad public consultation and a serious public debate, risks further undermining trust in the wider European project”.

Read the full article here: