This essay was originally published by the Deutsche Gesellscaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V. It was authored by Almut Möller, director of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and AICGS Non-Resident Fellow; Patrick Keller is coordinator for Foreign and Security Policy at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin; Svenja Sinjen is director of the “Berliner Forum Zukunft” at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP); Johannes Varwick is professor of political science at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.
“Currently preoccupied with its ongoing debt crisis, the European Union is paying little attention to its regional security policy. In the future, however, Europe will inevitably have to take an increased share of the responsibility for its own security. When it comes to revitalizing the security debate, Germany needs to take the initiative. And for the German government, this is a task that begins above all at home.”