European Strategic Autonomy: Distant but Irresistible, Michal Simecka (IIR, Czech Republic)

“Under pressure from overlapping crises”, writes Michal Šimečka in his newest policy paper, “the European Union is embracing a more assertive role in security. The election of Donald Trump has added a further sense of urgency and purpose to EU defence cooperation. The pursuit of European strategic autonomy is not just a matter of upgrading capabilities, building institutions, or re-calibrating EU–NATO cooperation. It is also a struggle to re-invent the EU’s identity. The Czech Republic emerged as a supporter of the new dynamic, but Prague should do more to back its rhetorical support with tangible commitments and policy leadership.”