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The EU should develop its own army and military command in order to be able to defend itself, independently of, or in coordination with, NATO

The EU must have its own army in order to expand its defense and security.
The EU have to develop its own army and military command in order to be able to defend itself, complementary with NATO, avoiding overlapping, consolidating its profile as an alternative to US commitment towards European defense and security, as a stronger partner. The common priority should be to build stronger political consensus among European and US leaders on the security issues, which they need to solve together.
The US, an overwhelming contributor to NATO’s military capabilities, is less and less willing to invest in European security, so The EU strength its own defense.
NATO and the Union’s army will be complementary, non-competing security and defense organizations. It remains a fundamental defense structure for EU, and the increase in capabilities, interoperability and responsiveness can only strengthen NATO, projects a strong image that could mobilize support for strengthening the cooperation in the area of defense, emphasizing the importance of common action and the will for tangible results.
The EU have to be able to secure and consolidate its international profile and instruments, as a community able to protect its citizens, and its values. By doing so, it is essential to deepen the defense and security cooperation with its partners, while acting internally to increase the coherence and synergies among the large spectrum of instruments and projects already developed.
EU’s strategic autonomy is not a new concept. Apart from the wording itself, what is more important is the significance we place on this concept as well as our understanding of the actions or policies associated with it.
Nowadays, there is a common understanding on the need for the EU to take more responsibility for its own security. This implies the capacity to act autonomously when and where necessary.
The European Council Conclusions of December 2018 speak clearly about the EU’s strategic autonomy and the capacity, to act as a security provider while complementing, reinforcing and strengthening EU-NATO cooperation. This is an approach that Romania fully supports.
French President Emmanuel Macron also pleaded for the creation of joint European intervention forces capable of acting in existing NATO or EU outreach structures. “We want to remain transatlantic and at the same time become more European”, said German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen, as well as “It is a Europe that should weigh more from a military point of view, it would be more autonomous and bring more responsibilities, including within NATO. This is the challenge of the European future”.
The impact on citizens’ safety will be enhanced, EU States that do not have a strong army will have the chance to strengthen and modernize it in line with the EU’s safety rules, to further advance the cooperation between the two organizations with a focus on cyber defense, countering hybrid threats, military mobility, as well as enhancing resilience.

M4-R1 Winner: Right Now For the EU
I thank both teams for this debate. I found that both teams brought a lot of interesting ideas to this debate, but few of them were developed to their full potential throughout the debate. I would suggest that maybe prioritizing the most impactful arguments, developing those, and trimming away some of the less contentious material…
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