When the European Coal and Steel Community was created in 1950, French Foreign
Minister Robert Schumann declared that “Europe will not be made all at once, or
according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which
first create a de facto solidarity.” This pursuit of solidarity is the leitmotif that runs
through the evolution of the Union as we know it today, which over time has formed
one of its fundamental pillars. Today, nowhere is this solidarity more relevant than in
the area of defence and security, where Europe faces renewed challenges such as
instability on its borders, terrorism and hybrid threats.