EU, Von der Leyen “We must be on guard, we need common defense”

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STRASBOURG (FRANCE) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – “We must start working on the future of the European security framework. In all its dimensions and with all the necessary speed and political will. Because the truth is that we have not only been living with conflict since 2022, but for much longer.” This was said by the President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen during the plenary session at the EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

“Threats to our security, our prosperity and our way of life come in many different forms, and we are all familiar with them. Some of them are obvious, others are more confusing on the surface”, continued Von der Leyen, while explaining, “whether it is addressing political interference by reducing our dangerous dependencies – a policy I have called risk reduction – or eliminating hostile actors from those who criticize us. We Europeans must be on our guard. It’s not just about defeating bullies on the battlefield, but throughout our society.”

Von der Leyen added, “the good news is: we have already started much of this work. Indeed, recent years have not only served to shatter some European illusions. But they also shattered many illusions about Europe. That our unity would not hold up in the face of a war on our continent. Or that our regulations and divisions would prevent us from providing massive financial, military and political support”.

The President of the EU Commission said: “Over the last two years Europe has shown and demonstrated that it will support Ukraine for as long as it takes. And we have also demonstrated that a more sovereign Europe is not just wishful thinking. At this point I would like to be clear: European sovereignty will make our partnerships stronger. This will never affect the importance and necessity of our NATO alliance. Indeed, a more sovereign Europe, particularly in the field of defence, is vital to strengthening NATO. That’s why I’m delighted with the news that Sweden will soon become a NATO ally”.

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