Articles on Security and Defence

Passing the buck? Berlin and the 2016 NATO Summit (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 15 July 2016

For now, Germany can live with the results of the NATO summit in Warsaw. But if Germany's allies want an engaged partner on defence matters, they will need to engage in active public diplomacy to avoid German retrenchment. 

Brexit and defence: Time to dust off the 'letter of intent'? (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 14 July 2016

In the absence of a comprehensive framework for post-Brexit defence cooperation between the UK and EU 27, the forgotten Letter of Intent agreement could provide a useful stop-gap.

The European border guard: New in name only? (Commentary)

Angeliki Dimitriadi - 02 June 2016

The migrant crisis has spurred reforms to Europe’s border agency Frontex, but it can only be as strong as member states allow it to be.

Germany's defence doublespeak (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 21 April 2016

While Germany's role in security is of increasing importance, German politicians must downplay it for a domestic audience

Cameron’s three front battle (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 22 January 2016

Is time of complacency over for David Cameron?

Article 42.7: An explainer (Commentary)

ECFR - 19 November 2015

What does France's invocation of Article 42.7 - the EU's mutual defence provision - mean for the EU and its member states

Migrations: let’s not fall into ISIS’ trap (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 18 November 2015

Closing our borders to keep the others away is precisely what ISIS wants.

Will Europe hold together after Paris? (Commentary)

Mark Leonard & Vessela Tcherneva - 16 November 2015

Beneath the talk of unity and common anxiety, three dividing lines are opening up across Europe - how they are resolved will determine whether the EU emerges stronger with its values intact.

European countries edge towards war on terror (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 09 September 2015

British drone strikes on jihadists in Syria are part of a European trend towards US-style military responses to terrorism overseas

War and peace in Berlin’s minds: threat inflation and denial in Germany (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 17 June 2015

Why do Germans so strongly oppose military intervention in defence of NATO?