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[Forthcoming] European defense at the time of the Ukrainian war. Taboos fall

(B2) February 24, 2022 will be remembered. A key moment in European history which brought about a number of changes. A small revolution. From the time of tranquility to the time of worry, how has Europe adapted? Our latest manual covers the subject.

The massive Russian military intervention on February 24, 2022 in Ukraine is a shock for defense and for the European Union. Unquestionably, there will be a before “February 24” and an after “February 24”. Europe lines up, as a whole, behind the blue and yellow banner of Ukraine. In a united, supportive way, and without arguing. One by one, the taboos fall. The Europeans decide to reinvest in defense. Together, they provide significant military and financial support to Ukraine and put in place an unrivaled sanctions system. Defense becomes a priority. Russia, yesterday a partner, becomes an adversary.

This 256-page work covers the main strategic developments: the week that revolutionized Europe, the challenge of unity, the strategic transformation of the continent, the comeback of NATO. He describes how exceptional measures were put in place: the assistance fund for Ukraine, the munitions plan, the defense effort, security commitments, financial assistance, the reuse of Russian fixed assets, the sanctions packages, refugee aid, transport networks and solidarity corridors.

All is not rosy however. Europe is suffering some notable setbacks, particularly in Africa. The refusal of a large part of Africa to side with Ukraine illustrates the limits ofoutreach European. Russia's methodical offensive against the European and French military presence, and more broadly its diplomatic influence, in the Sahel and Central Africa, leading to the eviction of this area despite its extensive investment of millions of euros and thousands of soldiers invested on the ground. Behind the appearance of unity between the Allies, there are also severe rivalries between NATO and the European Union; there is more than a hint of divergence. Between Europeans and the USA as well. Between France and Germany especially.

Around twenty chapters, inter-titled for easier reading, with the usual useful references (more than 400 notes), comments and anecdotes which are the usual touch of B2. All prefaced by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the High Representative of the Union, Josep Borrell. A stone's throw from the European elections and the summer, a complete overview and essential reading. You can already reserve one (or more copies) at the special B2 member/subscriber price. They will be delivered to you directly as soon as the books are printed.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Release: early June 2024. Order now on the Éditions du Villard website or in all good bookstores from France or Belgium, or even elsewhere

“European defense at the time of the war in Ukraine. Taboos fall", Nicolas, prefaces: Ursula von der Leyen and Josep Borrell, 256 pages, 25 euros, Éditions du Villard, collection Manuel.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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