Berlin Debates "The EU needs its own army"

»The EU needs its own army«, 17 February 2016 | 6.00pm, Akademie der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Berlin | Tiergartenstr. 35   10785 Berlin

Is Europe equipped to deal with the extraordinary security challenges confronting it in 2016 and beyond? Is it responsible to be so dependent on NATO and the patience of American taxpayers? Is it not time for the EU to step up and establish a full-scale military capability of its own? Or would this be the wrong answer to the threats we face — and potentially even a counter-productive one?

Our next debate tackles these crucial questions of European security with the motion:

»The EU needs its own army«

The debate brings together four leading voices from across the Western alliance:


Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Former Latvian President
Constanze Stelzenmüller, Brookings Institution


Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
Jeremy Shapiro, European Council on Foreign Relations


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Berlin Debates 18.02.2016

“The Berlin Debates audience has voted:
“The EU needs its own army”
For 53%
Against 32%
Abstention 15%
Motion carried!
Many thanks to our partners: The European Commission’s Representation in Germany and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung”

Debate report here

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