Will AUKUS ruckus lead to strategic autonomy in Europe?

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Eldar Mamedov

“As European leaders were digesting President Joe Biden’s decision to stick to his promise to withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, a new trans-Atlantic crisis erupted: this time over AUKUS — a new trilateral security deal between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The French contract with Australia on the supply of the nuclear-powered submarines was an immediate casualty. In response, an irate Paris went so far as recalling its ambassador from Washington in protest — for the first time in the nearly 250-year history of diplomatic relations between the two allies. … Rather than waving rhetorical fists, France and the EU should finally pull themselves together, abandon the sentimental attachment to the ‘trans-Atlantic alliance’ and put some flesh on the concept of the strategic autonomy. But in doing so, the EU has to choose its battles wisely.” (09/25/21)