Main takeaways:– Ignored and neglected for too long, defence has risen to the very top of the EU’s agenda, even animating summit debates among Heads of State and Government. This approach reflects not only the worsening threat environment we live in, but also Europe’s acknowledgement that it needs to take more responsibility for its own…

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On 24 May 2021, YPFP Brussels hosted an event in partnership with the Quaker Council for European Affairs titled “Europe’s military drift: from a soft power union to ‘security provider’”. YPFP Brussels Security and Defence Officer, Raquel Sequeira moderated the panel, with two speakers: Laëtitia Sédou, EU Programme Officer, European Network against the Arms Trade…

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There are many online open-source tools that can help you discern if what you are reading or seeing is true or not. You just need to know what tools to look for. Everyone can become a “digital Sherlock” and train themselves to spot suspicious information and questionable sources. This is why education on digital and…

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Main takeaways:    – The NATO Summit in Madrid will address strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defence, support to Ukraine and other partners at risk, a new NATO Strategic Concept, investment and resourcing, and Finland and Sweden’s application for membership.– The Summit comes at a crucial time in Europe’s history, making it very relevant for everyone. Nevertheless,…

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Main takeaways:   The invited guests have very different academic backgrounds, motivations to come to Brussels and career developments, how they got their current positions. The career path of every person is very diverse and the most important thing is to be passionate and motivated to work in a specific field. Career talks are very helpful,…

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Main takeaways:   South Korea’s position as one of the major democracies in Asia, as well as the recentelection of a China-skeptical presidential candidate, threaten to put pressure on relationswith the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing. More than ever, soft power and culturaldiplomacy are needed. Democratic partners in Asia are therefore of crucial importanceto the European…

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Main takeaways:   The future of European defence lays in the hand of a young European thinking generation. Main problem in making EU security and defence policy easily understandable is the fact, that everything in this regard has always to be communicated on behalf of the 27 Member States which partly have rather different approaches to…

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Main takeaways:   The EU, and its members, share a basic ‘set of beliefs, values and norms towards the use of military force’ with foundations in the EU’s policies and adherence to international law. There is a difference in nature between the Union’s and member states’ strategic culture. Whereas states develop strategic cultures from historical experiences,…

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Main takeaways:   Propaganda and disinformation are not new phenomena, but 30 years ago there was not yet technology which allows them to be spread at such speed and with so little transparency. Present-day disinformation and foreign interference present real threats to democratic societies. A strong rules-based EU response is needed to even the playing field…

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