The Future of European Defense in the Shadow of War
Researcher at the European Law & Governance School (ELGS), the International University School of the EPLO
The question is simple and summed up in the rhetorical question, “what Europe do we want?”. A Europe protagonist or a Europe guest. A leader or an observer. A security provider or a security consumer. The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine can be interpreted as a “turning point” in the history of international and European politics as it “seals the passage” to a more uncertain period for humanity. Peace and global prosperity are in danger, as autocracies resurge and threaten the democracies across the globe. The “securitization” of global politics has contributed to the re-militarization of the states to pursue their security. The EU, as a global actor, is obliged to respond to this crisis by demonstrating its solidarity, its universal values and by setting up policies capable of guaranteeing an “effective deterrence” against the revisionist visions of countries which are, openly, opposed to the liberal and democratic global order.