An EU battlegroup exercise from 2016 (Photo: Public Affairs Office)

A free Europe needs an army

The last few years have shown that the US cannot and does not want to be the policeman of the world anymore. Additionally, Russia and China seem to be aligning their strategies - one targeting Ukraine, and the other Taiwan.

A military takeover would not only wipe two democracies off the earth, it would also hit Europe in its heart. We can no longer afford not playing along geopolitically.

Over the last 30 years, the number of democracies has fallen and the number of conflicts ha...

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Author Bio

Hilde Vautmans MEP is foreign affairs coordinator for the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament.