EU Defence and Foreign ministers have been discussing how defence cooperation can be improved.
Security tensions around the world have rarely been higher. So called Islamic State is perhaps considered the largest threat to world peace.
While the terrorist group are being targeted in The Middle East attackers linked to them continue to sweep across the world killing indiscriminately. 800 British troops are currently stationed in Estonia as part of a major NATO mission in the Baltic states to deter Russian aggression. In March 150 soldiers from the Light Dragoons deployed to Poland – based just 100 miles from Russian territory.
An attempt to reassure allies fearful of Russian activities.
Amid these tensions, it’s perhaps unsurprising the EU wants to take greater responsibility for its security. In Brussels ministers are discussing greater defence integration between member states. In March, an EU army took a step closer to reality after ministers approved plans for a military command centre based in Brussels.
Britain has long opposed the move arguing it risks a wasteful overlap with NATO.
But recently the UK Foreign Secretary has said he won’t stand in the way - Brexit has altered the dynamic of the key players.
There is a lot to talk about at a time when the UK, Europe and allies face such a challenging defence and security landscape.