discussion paper

Europe’s defence: What the December 2013 European Council should yield

5 December 2013 With the EU widely attacked for lacking a common purpose and a clear vision, the SDA has brought together a variety of voices from Europe’s defence sector in a comprehensive and hard-hitting discussion paper. The paper gives food for though ahead of European Council and presents stakeholders' concrete ideas on the future of European defence.

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