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Von der Leyen backs Polish, Greek calls for EU air defense shield – POLITICO

During a debate between candidates for the next Commission presidency on Thursday, von der Leyen expressed support for the leaders’ statement: “We must have a common air defense shield for all of Europe, as has been proposed by Mitsotakis and Tusk,” she said. said.

As the two-week countdown to the European elections begins, von der Leyen, a member of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is running for a second term as head of the European executive.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted the EU to strengthen its joint defense efforts and provide more military aid, including air defense, to Ukraine. Developing a unified “flagship” European defense project would clearly demonstrate Europe’s unity and determination on self-defense, according to leaders.

Currently, Germany leads the European Sky Shield initiative, which aims to jointly acquire German, American and Israeli air defense systems. France and Italy, which are developing their own air defense system called SAMP/T, are seeking to rival this effort.

European leaders have called for joint defense efforts to be discussed at the next EU summit at the end of June.

A leaked draft strategic agenda, seen by POLITICO and also expected to be discussed in June, lists “an EU air defense shield” as a potential future European flagship defense project.

Jakob Hanke Vela and Laura Kayali contributed reporting.

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