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Europe Fellow @CarnegieEndow, previously @CER_EU Transatlantic relationship I European defense I EU I Germany
Jun 8, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
.@CommonsDefence has published its report on the UK government's proposals for a future security partnership with the European Union, based in part on oral evidence I gave at the end of last year:… I am more pessimistic than I was then: the Defence Fund proposals are not leaving much room for third country involvement, and the Galileo negotiations have set a problematic precedent for the restrictive view the EU takes on the UK as a third country in defence.
May 9, 2018 15 tweets 5 min read
The British government has published the slides on the post-Brexit security partnership, which it presented to the EU last week.
(Thread)… Slides are split into 'internal security' and 'external security', with cross cutting issues data/information exchange; governance; UK<->Eu secondees.

I'll refer you to my colleagues @CaminoMortera @CER_IanBond for JHA &foreign policy questions; a few points on defence from me:
Mar 25, 2018 14 tweets 3 min read
This is an interesting Brexit story, important to clarify that there are two different issues at stake here (thread):

1) UK industrial interests: The Commission through the European Space Agency (ESA), is currently managing a competition for a set of Galileo contracts. (Galileo is Europe's own global navigation satellite system, designed as a competitor to the United States’ GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, and China’s Beidou. Plan is for Galileo to be fully operational 2020).
Nov 14, 2017 6 tweets 2 min read
For the record, on 'Does #PESCO equal an EU army?':

PESCO is about increasing interoperability and industrial competitiveness in Europe, and decreasing the number of different weapon systems (through financial incentives for PESCO members to jointly develop capabilities). 1/x Military capacities developed within PESCO remain in the hands of member-states that can also make them available in other contexts such as through NATO or the UN. 2/x