US pulling troops out of Germany
While you're distracted, perhaps you didn't notice Trump pulling a large number of troops from Germany?
So the EU-US relationship of 'we prop up your dollars so you can stay rich, you cycle that money into your military and police the world', is ending, and the need to focus on EU self sufficiency in tech is getting a bit more urgent.
And with Turkey deploying Russian air defense systems, and Trump handing Syria over to Russia and Turkey, it seems pretty inevitable that Turkey will withdraw from NATO, at which point it would handily have an air defense system already in place:
"Turkey made no concessions at this week’s Nato summit and will continue to purchase the Russian S-400 air defence system, the Turkish foreign minister has said....Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu added that the purchase of the Russian system – condemned by France and the US Congress as incompatible with Nato membership – was “perfectly understood” by Donald Trump."
And of course Russia is also in Libya, with its Wagner Group mercenaries, just the other side of the Mediterranean:
"Earlier this month a leaked UN report spoke of hundreds of mercenaries from the shadowy Wagner Group operating in Libya. Russia backs renegade Gen Khalifa Haftar's army."
And its major ally USA, is also flipped here:
"Erik Prince, founder of the private security firm Blackwater and a Trump administration adviser, has sought in recent months to provide military services to a sanctioned Russian mercenary firm in at least two African conflicts, according to three people with knowledge of the efforts....Prince, who is the brother of Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, met earlier this year with a top official of Russia’s Wagner Group and offered his mercenary forces to support the firm’s operations in Libya and Mozambique, according to two people familiar with Prince’s offer."
So Europe is hemmed in on all sides by semi-turned countries and needs to have strong control over its own technology and its own weapons.