We are awaited by a period during which many European countries will prioritise the procurement of weapons and the fortifying of military security, even at the cost of weakening economic growth. Regardless of whether the current circumstances lead to the further strengthening of NATO or the launch of the creation of a common European military force, for Serbia it is primarily important to make rational decisions regarding its foreign policy and to create meaningful alliances
During his country’s recently concluded presidency of the Council of the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron continued to insist on Europe’s strategic autonomy and strengthening the capacity of the Union to act in the international security sphere. But does such a commitment have any basis in reality and what are its possible practical ramifications?
Who and how – both individually and collectively – are arming themselves in the shadow of the war in Ukraine, and what does that mean for the security map of Europe and Serbia’s own position? Does a country that’s still struggling with its post-conflict past and illegal arms flows need more weapons or not; and why? We posed these complex questions to our interlocutors, all of whom are great experts on the subject.