NATO seems “less and less interested” in Europe and its zones of interest. For this reason, the European Union must accelerate on a common defense and foreign and security policy.
At the end of the EU-Balkan Summit in Brdo, Slovenia, Mario Draghi insists on the need for Brussels to equip itself with a greater capacity for maneuver, strategic and military, to protect its interests in a world that is rapidly changing geostrategic assets and the global scenario. “The withdrawal from Afghanistan for the way it was decided, communicated and executed – said Draghi – the change of intentions that concerned the contract between Australia and France for the supply of some nuclear submarines discarded for submarines of American production, are two very clear messages, which tell us that NATO seems less interested from the geopolitical point of view to Europe and the areas of interest of Europe and has shifted the areas of interest to other parts of the world”. The Prime Minister, already in the night of yesterday, during the dinner of the leaders, had insisted on the need to do soon on the defense front: “We do not have time,” he had said to the EU partners. Draghi also responds to the words of the Secretary General of the Alliance, according to which “any attempt to weaken the transatlantic link by creating alternative structures, by passing the idea that we can do it alone, will not only weaken NATO, but will divide Europe.” “I don’t think anything that grows out of NATO weakens it and weakens Europe,” is Draghi’s retort. “Many countries, if not all, feel that they have lost geopolitical interest within NATO. The need to do something on this front is there, and I don’t think doing something outside of NATO weakens NATO, but is complementary to NATO’s actions. Maybe it can be used in other parts of the geopolitical chessboard where NATO cannot intervene, maybe it strengthens NATO, and strengthens Europe too”. Draghi’s position Strategic autonomy in defense, therefore, which must be accompanied by a common foreign policy in the EU and allow the Union to speak with one voice with the major international players, starting with Russia and China. Draghi’s point seems to have been echoed at the summit. From what emerged yesterday from the leaders’ dinner, the European Union is ready “to do more to promote and defend the values and interests of European citizens”. To do this, in the coming months the 27 will be working on a new EU-NATO declaration, while ambassadors and Sherpas will start already in the coming weeks the work of preparation of the EU summit on defense to be held in March under the French presidency. NATO support is not in question, but the question the Twenty-Seven leaders have raised is “how to strengthen alliances and partnerships and at the same time develop our own capabilities,” a European source reported. “Everyone wants to do more to promote and defend the values and interests of European citizens,” the European source concluded. Starting with defense and security.