The challenge of European strategic autonomy plays a crucial role debate about the future EU integration and the European Union's position among great world powers. Afghanistan, quarrels with the US and UK over the Aukus pact, increasing Chinese assertiveness in military issues and the worsening of NATO-Russia relations are all signals of the growing urgency of a clear European foreign and security policy strategy. Cybersecurity and digital sovereignty are key in this work of redefinition of a European strategic autonomy; two areas in which competition between the US and China is tight and the EU is put in the difficult position of choosing a third way or the status quo.
How to build the concept of an EU strategic autonomy, in this context, especially in the post-Merkel era? How can this strategy coherent with NATO objectives? What are the Italian interests in this scenario? What role can the European defence industry play in this rapidly changing situation?
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