Macron versus AKK on European strategic autonomy.
Shots taken.
In case you want to read me being wrong 🤷‍♀️.
This is from last year.…
I mean, I actually stand by the overall point of the two visions not being that far apart. But there is a growing gap rather than realisation that we want the same thing, as I was hoping for.

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17 Nov
Oh come on ⁦@faznet⁩ !!! “AKK stands up to Macron”, rejects his idea of European autonomy.’
Talk about a straw man! AKK has rejected an interpretation of European autonomy that Macron never made.…
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What Macron actually said: "But the United States will only respect us as allies if we are earnest, and if we are sovereign with respect to our defence."…
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17 Nov
If you want to watch @akk's key address on German security and defence policy - live stream (in German)
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16 Nov
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16 Oct
Good @POLITICOEurope article this morning on "strategic autonomy"(these days more often 'strategic sovereigtny')…
I agree that the term is (deliberately) vague - from the 'European Army' to 'Brexit', the EU has always used vague terms which allowed countries with different views to rally behind them.

(I wrote about this here:…) Image
But I think the authors miss an important point when they describe European autonomy just as "inward-looking".
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I want to take this article on 'new weapons that are changing the war in #NagornoKarabakh' to talk a bit about #drones in this conflict. (1/8)…
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First, the conflict showed again the important propaganda value of drones. As drones carry sophisticated surveillance tech, they document every strike they make (if armed), or operation flown. (2/8)
So using drones is like having a film crew with you, and Azerbaijan in particular has taken advantage of this, publishing clips of their drone operations. (3/8)
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Today, the #Bundestag defence committee will hold a hearing on armed #drones for the #Bundeswehr. Instead of reposting the 50 000 pieces I've written on this, here is a thread on two previous instances where Germany tried to acquire armed drones.
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