Defending Europe. The case for greater EU cooperation on security and defence - June 7 2017

"We need to work on a stronger Europe when it comes to security and defence matters. Yes, Europe is chiefly a ‘soft power’. But even the strongest soft powers cannot make do in the long run without at least some integrated defence capacities. The Treaty of Lisbon provides for the possibility that those Member States who wish to pool their defence capabilities in the form of a permanent structured cooperation. More cooperation in defence procurement is the call of the day, and if only for fiscal reasons." [...]