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Episode #07

Anna Fotyga MEP

NATO and Europe’s Strategic Choices Ahead

Why the EU’s geopolitical future lies not in “strategic autonomy”

Anna Fotyga is one of the European Parliament’s most competent voices on foreign policy. She first dabbled in international politics as the head of Solidarity’s foreign office in the waning days of communism. After serving a first stint as an MEP in the mid-2000s, she was appointed Foreign Minister and later Chair of the Chancellery under the late President Lech Kaczyński. With that unique experience serving Poland’s strategic outlook under her belt, she returned to the EP in 2014, where she has chaired its Security and Defence Subcommittee and argues for much the same—a Europe of sovereign nation-states as part of a larger transatlantic community of Western democracies. She was recently selected by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg as part of a working group of high-level officials to advise him on the future of the alliance, with their final report submitted days before this conversation with Jorge González-Gallarza.