Even if Russian President Vladimir Putin has overestimated his capabilities in Ukraine, EU governments and their armed forces must come together to prepare for a long fight after decades of indecision and duplication. The Union’s moment to strengthen a fractured EU defence industry is surely now. And the tools and platforms are there. Defence collaboration is the quiet success story of the EU, gathering momentum and expertise. The European Defence Agency (EDA) has grown into the prime EU hub for defence planning. The Agency’s intergovernmental nature means it is ideal for shaping European capability development.
In the following pages, we hear from decisionmakers, industry and a defence expert on how Europe could do more for Ukraine, be better able to provide for its own security and grow less reliant on the United States.
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