Deutsches Forum Sicherheitspolitik

#DFS2023: European defence: Expectations and demands of non-EU partners

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Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine has shown that the EU is not a leader in security and defence. Years of underinvestment in defence mean that the EU and its member states still depend on the United States for their security. Internal divisions also show the EU remains incapable of effectively using the military capacity it has and must rely on NATO to organise European defence. At the same time, demands on European defence from the EU’s partners are increasing.

What do the EU’s key external partners want from the EU defence and what do they expect?
This panel examines how the US, the UK, and NATO see the EU as a security actor. It looks at what demands the partners are making of the EU in the area of defence and whether the EU can meet them.

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The event is hosted by the European Council on Foreign Relations. Please click here for more information.


  • Dr. Ulrike Franke, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR  (Twitter: @RikeFranke)
  • Camille Grand, Distinguished Policy Fellow, ECFR  (Twitter: @camille_grand)
  • Dr. Gustav Gressel, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR (Twitter: @GresselGustav)
  • Jeremy Shapiro, Research Director, ECFR (Twitter: @JyShapiro)

Chair: Dr. Jana Puglierin, Head of Berlin Office and Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR (Twitter: @jana_puglierin)

Date: Monday, 22 May 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST (Berlin)
Format: Online discussion via Zoom
Language: English
Registration: Required - Please click here!