Ensuring the security of the European Union is no longer a technical issue requiring bureaucratic adjustments. Together with a return to growth, security is the major political challenge facing Europeans. Instability in neighbouring countries now has profound effects on the entire Union. No Member State can assume it is safe from terrorist attacks or exempt from providing a responsible operational response to the inflow of refugees, and no less that it is not exposed to the short- and mid-term fallout of economic collapse in several EU neighbour countries. Unilateral measures taken by Member States are insufficient given the scope of the challenges at hand.
In this Tribune entitled “EU Security: a matter of political urgency”, Jacques Delors, Pascal Lamy, António Vitorino, Eneko Landaburu, Elisabeth Guigou, Etienne Davignon, Nicole Gnesotto, Philippe de Schoutheete, Elvire Fabry and Nicole Koenig call European capitals to demonstrate the necessary political will to respond to the threats faced.