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European security and defence cooperation has seen more progress in the past several years than it had in the previous 60 years. But have we reached strategic autonomy yet? The development of autonomous European security and defence cooperation has been characterised by unprecedented dynamism and vigour in recent years. European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen once noted that the EU has...
Last time when the Spitzenkandidaten succeeded, many people believed that it was a kind of miracle. But of course we know that miracles are normally relatively rare and even in the Catholic church, before they decide that something was a miracle they have some expert groups or scientific advice. It takes a year, sometimes it takes decades, sometimes it takes centuries. So we should not be too quick to assume that it was a...
On the 1st of May 2004, the EU was enlarged by eight post-communist countries along with Malta and Cyprus. Today, we are quite obviously asking a number of questions: what has this massive European enlargement brought to these countries? And, on the other hand, how and in what way have the new member states enriched the EU? We should also ask what mistakes should be avoided in the future because, while the vision of Europe '...

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