About: strategic autonomy

Aerospace 26-05-2022

ESA does not anticipate Russian withdrawal from ISS

The European Space Agency does not expect Russia to terminate the joint operation of the International Space Station (ISS) with the West, ESA Director-General Josef Aschbacher told Reuters on Wednesday (25 May).
Economy & Jobs 25-05-2022

EU ramping up efforts for strategic autonomy in raw materials

While Europe's dependency on Russian energy makes headlines, the EU is also increasingly keen decrease its dependency on third states - most notably China - when it comes to essential raw materials.
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Energy-Saving Rare Earth Magnets: political leadership needed

Rare earth supply chains are the linchpin that completes the EU’s ambition for energy transition, as permanent magnets yield energy savings in technology applications used in European automotive, wind, and industrial pump manufacturing sectors.
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APPLiA’s Digital Interview – Why CBAM is detrimental to European Competitiveness

In the latest edition of APPLiA’s short digital interview series, Paolo Falcioni, APPLiA Director General, discusses how the EU’s proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism risks enabling a depressive industrial strategy that jeopardises the European economy and environment.
Technology 22-02-2022

Chips Act unveiled: The (real) cost of making semiconductors

In this special report, EURACTIV looks at a fundamental component missing from the chips package the European Commission presented on 8 Febryary: How the EU executive will square its semiconductor ambitions with its other policies, such as the green agenda and upcoming restrictions on dangerous chemicals.
Politics 06-01-2022

What Germany has in store for Europe in 2022

The new German government has made reforming the EU, as well as its own economy and society, one of its top priorities. This year will show how fast and how much the ruling coalition wants to move and how well it will coordinate with its key ally France along the way.
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Global Europe 16-12-2021

Can Europe become a credible geopolitical actor?

While in the last year and half we have held our breath struggling to overcome the most serious sanitary crisis of the last century – focusing on number of contagions, vaccine doses administered and variants of the vaccines – geopolitical crises with the potential of affecting both the global and European stability have kept unfolding
Future EU 10-12-2021

Macron presents France’s EU Council presidency priorities

French President Emmanuel Macron gave an overview on Thursday (9 December) of the priorities France wants to pursue when it takes over the EU Council Presidency in the first half of 2022. Reforming the border-free Schengen area, setting up a European defence system and a new European model were among the priorities he outlined. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 29-11-2021

France welcomes Germany’s new ‘pro-European’ coalition agreement

The coalition deal struck between three parties that will form Germany's next government is very much in line with France's own ambitions and priorities, including its vision of a more federal EU. EURACTIV France reports.

Europe has to become a security provider, says EU’s Borrell

European citizens want to be protected by the European Union, which is why it must become a security provider, EU chief diplomat Joseph Borrell told several European media outlets in an interview.

EU leaders caught in either-or argument over European defence strategy

Amid disunity over the way forward on European defence, EU leaders discussed on Tuesday night (5 October) whether the bloc should enhance its capacity to act independently while strengthening its partnership with NATO.
Transport 08-09-2021

Intel to invest up to €80 billion in boosting EU chip capacity

Intel Corp on Tuesday (7 September) said it could invest as much as €80 billion in Europe over the next decade to boost the region's chip capacity and will open up its semiconductor plant in Ireland for automakers.
Global Europe 08-09-2021

Michel : Afghanistan is a failure for the international community

European Council President Charles Michel gave a scathing assessment of the recent US withdrawal from Afghanistan in an interview for the French website Le Grand Continent on Wednesday (8 September), pointing out the need for the EU to step up efforts to build its strategic autonomy.

Slovenia’s defence minister: EU will learn its lessons from Afghanistan

In case the EU wishes to become a more reliable security provider and global actor, it needs to avoid past mistakes and develop credible military intervention forces that are able to project stability in our neighbourhood, Slovenia’s defence minister Matej...
Global Europe 23-08-2021

Borrell: EU should prepare for the next crises – Iraq, Sahel

The fall of Kabul to the Taliban and the chaotic international evacuation effort shows that Europe needs to develop its own military capacity independent of the United States, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell argues.
The European Commission will stay on track with plans to present a 'digital tax' by June this year, despite recent progress at the level of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Commission's Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday (23 March). 
China 05-05-2021

EU unveils plan to cut dependency on China, others

The European Union unveiled on Wednesday (5 May) a plan to cut its dependency on Chinese and other foreign suppliers in six strategic areas like raw materials, pharmaceutical ingredients and semiconductors after the pandemic-induced economic slump.
Economy & Jobs 05-05-2021

Breton: Europe was too naive before, now we are in the driving seat

Europe will remain open to everyone but will no longer be naive in the face of the rapidly changing world and will seek to be in the driving seat, Commissioner Thierry Breton told EURACTIV and a group of media ahead of the presentation of the update of the EU's industrial strategy on Wednesday (5 May).
The US administration has hit out at calls in the EU for personal data to be localized on the bloc and thus avoid having to be transferred to third countries, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice last year in the famed Schrems II case.
Global Europe 30-04-2021

A new transatlantic agenda

Instead of asking what the US can do for Europe we must ask ourselves what we can do for each other, writes Gunnar Hökmark.
Global Europe 15-04-2021

Academic cooperation and European strategic autonomy – sideshow or part of the puzzle?

The EU’s strategic autonomy is being ever more tied to the notion of Europe’s (exclusive) access to key technologies, and as a result, academia suddenly finds itself drawn into a conflictual space, writes Thomas Jorgensen.

Revamped EU-India link could re-balance China ties, Portuguese FM says

Relations between the EU and India, especially in the context of an increasingly influential China, will be the central point of the Portuguese EU presidency, Portugal's Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 17-12-2020

Borrell: Trump has awakened us from strategic sleepwalking

The arrival of US President Donald Trump in 2016 has "awakened" the EU and made it realise it was too dependent on Washington, prompting a trend of boosting Europe's autonomy, the EU's chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, told EURACTIV's media partner EFE in an interview.
Global Europe 03-12-2020

How European sovereignty can survive Joe Biden

Europeans need to use the fillip to transatlantic relations brought by Joe Biden's election win to become the kind of capable partner Biden’s America will want and need, writes Jeremy Shapiro.
Future Connectivity 11-09-2020

‘Geopolitical’ Europe aims to extend its digital sovereignty from China

The European Commission intends to act as a strong geopolitical player at next week's EU-China video meeting. But to do so, Europe must extend its 'digital sovereignty', also with regards to China. EURACTIV Germany reports.

EU’s threat analysis running out of time as bloc’s security problems multiply

EU defence ministers agreed at an informal meeting in Berlin on Wednesday (26 August) to work closer together militarily and develop a common strategic culture, highlighting the growing need for Europe's common defence policy at a time of escalating challenges in the bloc's neighbourhood.