Needless to explain, the existence of NATO has some important implications for the security and independence of the EU. On the one hand, NATO is a reliable and powerful protector of the EU’s safety. On the other hand, it imposes some limitations on the EU’s independence and, moreover, its cost keeps growing from year to year. Among all the EU’s attempts to enhance their independence in terms of military security, this is the signing of Saint-Malo declaration that is of major importance: this act served as a stimulus for the creation of the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) (Raik & Järvenpää, 2017). However, if we approach this issue objectively, it should be admitted that, at present, the EU’s foreign policy and specifically military policy are not independent enough to be regarded in isolation from NATO which plays an important role guarantying the protection and security of the member states.
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