Living up to their role as engines of European integration, French President
Macron and German Chancellor Merkel at a recent Paris summit already agreed
on tighter collaboration of the two countries’ air forces, including a French-
German initiative to develop a “new generation of joint fighter jets” and pushing
forward the project to develop a European drone.
However, military capabilities are still seen as a key pillar of national sovereignty. This makes a
division of labour, be it in the military itself or in key defence industries, a very