France Needs New Partners to Advance European Strategic Autonomy

France Needs New Partners to Advance European Strategic Autonomy
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and French President Emmanuel Macron wave to journalists before their talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Aug. 29, 2022 (AP photo by Aurelien Morissard).

Throughout the EU’s history, the “Franco-German engine” has been viewed as central to European integration. But Germany’s weakness on defense means that European strategic autonomy hinges on France’s ability to develop close partnerships with other member states, similar to the Franco-German engine, but in the realm of security.

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