- EU’s Von der Leyen: Europe Needs ‘Credible Military Capabilities’
The EU has set up “the building blocks of a European defense union,” EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has said in Davos. She also hailed a “European open science cloud” aimed to boost research in the bloc.
In order to respond to crises, the EU needs “credible military capabilities,” the leader of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen said at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday. The bloc has already “set up the building blocks of a European defense union,” the former German defense minister said in her speech.
“It is complementary to NATO and it is different,” she added. “There is a European way to foreign policy and foreign security policy where hard power is an important tool […] but it is never the only one.”