The end of June 2022 is the NATO summit in Madrid, which may be a good forum for assessing transatlantic relations, especially in the context of America’s focus on armaments and the economic race with China. Whatever the outcome of this clash, Europe must take the challenges ahead more seriously next time. These include Turkey’s increasingly precarious positions in NATO, the pressure of migration from Belarus to the union’s eastern borders and the management of risks posed by Russia. This is one of the goals of the next French presidency in the European Union, during which in March the whole of the Union will adopt the so-called strategic compass. This is a process initiated by Germany, which is set to give – as the Polish Institute of International Affairs explains – “new dynamics of defense cooperation in the European Union, accelerating the development of military capabilities in Europe, as well as strengthening deterrence and defense capacity of NATO, and reducing tensions in transatlantic relations.” “. As stated by Charles Michel – President of the European Council – 2022 will be the “Year of European Security”, with the signing of the NIS2 directive that increases defense capabilities against cyberattacks. The coming months and the tension on the Russian-Ukrainian border could prove a brutal test of this agenda.
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