By Fabrizio Gualdesi posted on March 24, 2014 in ,
Fabrizio Gualdesi outlines the economic and practical advantages and challenges to a common European Drone program.
It goes without saying that drones are not the latest toys for grown ups but the next big business of the Defence Industry. In 2012 the world market grew up to 7 billion dollars. Within seven years it is estimated to grow up to 130 billion dollars. Today, about 70 countries own them – at least 16 European - and their cost is relatively low (5 million dollars) compared to a Jet Fighter (more than 60).
EU member states must urgently coordinate European defence policy
By Barend Tensen posted on March 24, 2014 in ,
Barend Tensen argues EU member states must urgently coordinate European defence policy, to meet both moral and self-defence responsibilities
Democracy support and support for the rule of law are moral obligations for the EU. Those who live in freedom still have an obligation to support those who do not. The participation of the EU in international crisis prevention and the support for democracy worldwide, as well as the fight against terrorism, should be characterised as trans-boundary problems. This calls for a cooperative European approach.
By Jeoffrey Houvenaeghel posted on March 20, 2014 in
Policy analyst Jeoffrey Houvenaeghel argues that cyberspace remains shrouded in a fog of war, and calls for holistic strategies to clear the way.
Shamoon, the computer virus that rapidly crippled over 30,000 computers of the Saudi Aramco energy company in 2012, was a harsh reminder of the potential devastation cyber-attacks can bring. Even though Shamoon took place outside Europe, it is clear that these dangers, unseen in the “fog of war” until it is too late, could easily spillover to European systems in future.