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BOLETIN 14 – Eurodéfense Espana

Newsletter #14, issued in November 2022, has in its background the increasingly uncertain war in Ukraine. The conflict has entered a slow and continuous escalation, in which the aggressor, through attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure, tries to break the will to fight of the Ukrainian people and government. The future is uncertain because, although the statements of the leaders of the EU and other countries helping Ukraine show firmness, there are some hints of making this aid conditional to the Ukrainian government adopting the possibility of negotiating with his aggressor, even if there is no indication that the other party has a willingness to negotiate.

 In the Editorial General AF Federico Yaniz (R), Vice-president of ED-España, describes the way in which the EU has helped Ukraine and continues to do so directly and indirectly, going into detail over the Conclusions of the EU Council of last 20th and 21st October.

 The number also includes Spanish translations of the Reports of the Migration Policy and the Mediterranean Basin EuroDefense Observatories prepared by Ambassador De la Cámara, on behalf of ED-España, for the Council of Presidents in The Hague last October.

 General AF Federico Yaniz (R) presents us the advances made by the EU in the space field.

 General Luis Feliu (R), member of ED-España, focuses on the need for the EU to review its strategic interests and determine the best way to defend them under the foreseeable new international scenario.

 Colonel Juan López Díaz, SP Marines (R), and Mr. Conrado Navarro, members of ED-España, present us a paper on the current energy situation, the transition to non-fossil fuel energy and his effect in the fields of Security and Defense.

 Finally, Dr. Tina Linhard, International University of Profesional Studies Maui (Hawaii), and Dr. Martín Ramírez, member of ED-España, reflect on a planned new world order initiated by certain groups of interest in the West.

 Newsletter #14 concludes with the traditional sections of news and reviews.


EURODEFENSE International meeting 2022

The annual meeting of the EURODEFENSE network, present in 15 countries, took place in Paris from 19 to 21 May 2022.

It started in the afternoon of the 19th with a visit of the “Musée Carnavalet”, presenting the History of Paris, followed by a reception at the “Quai d’Orsay”, of the Presidents of the network associations by M Alexandre VULIC, Deputy Director, Strategic Affairs, Security, Disarmament, at the Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs.

Friday 20 May was dedicated to a visit in the morning of AIRBUS at Elancourt facility, with a focus on Cyber Security, Secure Communications and Preparation of Combat Cloud, Massive Intelligence, and Spacecraft Electronics. In the afternoon, took place the Council of presidents at the Ecole Militaire, followed by an official dinner at the Cercle National des Armées, Place Saint Augustin.

On Saturday morning , EuroDéfense-France organised a public conference on the topic ”solidarity and Efficiency”. Speakers were :

– Sylvie Bermann, Ambassadrice de France, Ambassador to EU/PSC (2002-2005),

Ambassador to China (2011-2014), United Kingdom (2014-2017), and Russia (2017-2019).


– Hanna Ojanen, President of EuroDéfense-Finland, Research Director at Tempere University,

Adjunct Professor Finnish National Defence University.


– Robert Walter, President of EuroDéfense-UK and of the European Security and Defence Association, Member of Parliament (1997-2015).

– Alain Richard, “Val d’Oise” Senator, French Minister of Defence (1997-2002).

– Philippe Coq, Director of Public Affairs Airbus France.





Webinar: European Green Deal and Defence

The webinar “European Green Deal and Defence” will take place on the 1st october, from 18:00 to 19:30 (Brussels time). The event is organized by the EURODEFENSE EWG 1b working group with the aim of presenting and discussing the findings of the European working group 26b ‘’Energy, Climate, Security and Defence’’.

European Strategic Autonomy: myth or future reality?

The European Commission has underlined several times how strategic autonomy should encompass a variety of sectors, ranging from economy to security. With the election of Joe Biden in the United States the pillar of security and defense, fundamental to European strategic autonomy has received growing attention.

The Future European Air Combat System: Reality or Fiction? The need for cooperation. The challenge of a technology leap in the dark

Following Macron’s speech at the Sorbonne in September 2017, announcing a strong push for the future of the Europe of Defence, a new Franco-German dynamic, which was later joined by Italy and Spain, has been pursuing, progressively and more rapidly, greater integration of European security and defence. The key to this initiative has been placed on the principle of cross-border defence cooperation in the development of priority military capabilities, which fulfill the main gaps in the defence sector, and in reducing the fragmentation of the current supply and demand dimensions, to ensure economies of scale, as well as to strengthening the competitiveness, innovation and efficiency of the European defence technological and industrial base.

Conference: Diplomacy and Foreign Policy: is there a space for the European Union on the world stage?

What do we mean by European diplomacy? What progress do we need to make with community institutions so that we go forward together in a world in movement? What experience, tools, mechanisms and competences already exist within the European Union? What place does Europe have in the international organisations? Without forgetting the importance also of transatlantic relations, these are the type of strategic question which will direct the debate initiated by EuroDéfense-France on 18 October 2021.

Technology and democracy: A new challenge for European security?

Technology permeates every aspect of our daily lives. However, its increased presence has posed a significant challenge to our liberties. Western democracies need to re-adapt in order to concretely regulate tech and prevent potential new forms of interferences for its institutions. Especially in Europe have democratic states felt the need to develop new normative approaches and regulations to provide a framework regulating Big Tech companies and preventing them from abusing their power.