Debate “European Defence Union: The end of soft power?”


DEBATE European Defence Union. The end of soft power- 25 October, 7 30 pmAfter years of languishing in the long grass, the process of European defence cooperation has recently been kicked into top gear. Brexit, Donald Trump repeatedly calling into question US commitment to NATO and Emmanuel Macron’s landslide victory in the French presidential election have all led EU member states to start discussing the need to rethink the pillars of their common security.

What is the way forward to put more union in our defence?

And what use would the EU make of its more efficient military capacity?

We will discuss about these and other issues related to the topic during “European Defence Union: The end of soft power?”, a debate that will take place on Wednesday 25 October, starting at 7:30 pm, in the villa of our association.

For this occasion, our guest speakers will be MEPs Urmas Paet (ALDE), rapporteur for the European Defence Union report, and Tamás Meszerics (Greens), shadow rapporteur for the same report. After a brief intervention of the two speakers, the audience will be invited to take the floor and participate actively, with question and comments, to this challenging debate.

At the end of the discussion, all the participants will be invited for a cocktail in the cellar of our association.

This event is part of the “Days of Estonia”, a three-day initiative organised by the European Parliamentary Association and the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the Council of Europe to promote the political engagement, the history and the culture of the country currently holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

To confirm your participation, please register at: contact@ape-europa.eu.