Daily Archives: November 11, 2008

It’s been a long time coming, but the European Union is finally launching its first naval operation - a mission to fight piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia, one of the world’s most dangerous sealanes. Financially speaking, it’s a modest operation – the common costs are estimated at 8.3m euros for one year – but in terms of the EU’s self-image it may make quite a difference.

As French defence minister Hervé Morin put it this week, “This operation is proof that a Europe of defence is starting to take shape.”