‘It is time’ for strategic autonomy in the EU

'We've embarked on a significant reform, long overdue, aimed at promoting integrity and accountability within the Parliament,' says Roberta Metsola, in response to the so-called Qatargate corruption scandal, allegedly involving several MEPs. [NIKOS KOKKALIS]

The steps toward upgrading the European defense structure are outlined in a Kathimerini interview with the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola. Specifically, she proposes integrating the existing European Peace Facility (EPF) into the European framework and advocates for the appointment of a commissioner for defense. She also indirectly but clearly references the mutual defense clause provided for in the Lisbon Treaty, in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations Charter.

A few months before the European Parliament elections, Metsola urges the political center to develop "a counternarrative" against those "that seek to destroy rather than build." Regarding the debate about the rule of law in Greece, she distances herself from both the contentious resolution of the European Parliament and its critics.

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