The Future of Cooperation between Europe's Armed Forces – MSC will host European Defence Roundtable in Berlin

On November 30, around 50 senior decision-makers and experts will meet at the MSC’s European Defence Roundtable in Berlin to debate efficient and forward-thinking approaches to defense cooperation in Europe. Ahead of the roundtable, as a catalyst for the discussions, the MSC will publicly present its new report "More European, More Connected and More Capable" on key imperatives for European defense spending.

A british Royal Air Force Eurofighter (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense)

Europe stands at a crossroads: Its military capabilities are declining while its security challenges rise and multiply. The MSC European Defence Roundtable and the publication of the accompanying report, "More European, More Connected, More Capable: Building the European Armed Forces of the Future", aim to inform this important debate as governments across the Europe contemplate significant hikes in military spending. The report was prepared in cooperation with McKinsey & Company and the Centre for International Security Policy at the Hertie School of Governance.

What areas should the increasing defense budgets be invested in, and how do we get the best possible security and defense for what we spend? Which parts of the European defense effort should be organized jointly – or even be fully integrated – and which should remain national? In short, how can European leaders chart a course towards more European, more connected, and more capable armed forces? These are the key questions the report tackles, and these will be the focal points for the discussion among the around 50 senior representatives from governments, militaries, think tanks, and the defense sector who will participate in the roundtable in Berlin.

Ahead of the off-the-record roundtable discussions, the new report "More European, More Connected, More Capable: Building the European Armed Forces of the Future" will be presented at a public panel discussion.

The findings of the report will be discussed with Horst-Heinrich Brauss (NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning), Norbert Röttgen (Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the German Bundestag), Sir Christopher Harper (former Director General of the NATO International Military Staff), Nathalie Tocci (Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome and Special Adviser to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy), and Tomasz Szatkowski (Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Poland) (tbc).

We will provide more details and background information about both events on Twitter (#MSCdefence), Facebook, and on our website.

About the Munich Security Conference
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is the world's leading platform for debates on international security policy. With over 500 official participants and 300 observers assembled at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, the annual conference provides a unique atmosphere for frank, private and mostly off-the-record exchange on present and future security challenges and solutions.

European Defence and the MSC
Besides its annual flagship conference in Munich, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) Foundation regularly organizes high-profile events around the world. These events include summits and roundtables dedicated to a particular thematic focus like European Defence, Energy Security, Cyber Security, and Health Security.

The future of European defence has traditionally been one of the major topics of the Munich Security Conference. In 2013, the MSC, together with its knowledge partner McKinsey & Company, launched the European Defence Series. Since then, numerous events have addressed European defence challenges and have contributed to debating the goal of a deeper, much more impactful European cooperation in security and defence.

27 November 2017, by MSC