Meeting in Brussels for their end-of-year summit, EU leaders focused on defence and security policies, an issue long overshadowed by the bloc's battle against the euro crisis. But the French-led interventions in African states in recent months have revealed the lack of a clear common European defence policy. How can Europeans better co-ordinate their 28 individual armies and boost their military capabilities? Is there a real desire to create a single European army?
Maria Eleni KOPPA
Greek MEP, Socialists and Democrats
Geoffrey VAN ORDEN
British MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists
Editor, European Voice