The implementation of European Energy Security should become an imperative priority of the EU member states in order to reduce their dependence on Russian gas and secure alternative energy sources. In parallel, European Energy Security should be related to an effective Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), as the protection of critical energy infrastructures is vital for the undisrupted flow of gas and oil.
Among the core symbols of sovereignty and independence of a country are a flag, a national anthem and armed forces that carry the flag and march in the sounds of the anthem. The EU has up to now had only the first two elements, that is the 12-star flag and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy that doubles at its anthem. If one takes seriously the statement made by the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, to the Welt am Sonntag newspaper during last weekend the EU may well get its own army too, at least in the long run.