EU 'Ill-Prepared' For New Era Of Great Power Competition - Munich Security Report

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EU 'Ill-Prepared' for New Era of Great Power Competition - Munich Security Report

The European Union is not prepared well for a new era marked by competition among big powers, the Munich Security Report 2019 suggested on Monday

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 11th February, 2019) The European Union is not prepared well for a new era marked by competition among big powers, the Munich Security Report 2019 suggested on Monday.

Chairman of the Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger said in the foreword to the report that "a new era of great power competition is unfolding between the United States, China, and Russia."

"The European Union is particularly ill-prepared for a new era of great power competition ... There is still a long way to go to reach what [President of the European Commission] Jean-Claude Juncker called "Weltpolitikfaehigkeit" at last year's Munich Security Conference .

.. And "Weltpolitikfaehigkeit," or the ability to play a meaningful role in world politics, is badly needed," the report said.

The report, issued ahead of the conference, suggested that the so-called "in-between" states former USSR republics that are located between Russia and Western countries were strongly impacted by the "unfolding geopolitical competition."

The conference will be held Friday through Sunday.

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