I said it before, and I say it again: get those national asses out of your EU heads and start a European army.
How else are you going to tackle Turkey, Syria and the US retreating from it all?
The EU is utterly irrelevant in Syria right now. Because it has no own power projection.
When I said “A European Army”, I meant aircraft carriers. I meant nuclear weapons (yes, indeed). I mean European fighter jets that are superior to the Chinese, American and Russian ones. I meant a European version on DARPA. I mean huge, huge Euro investments. I meant ECB (yes, our central bank) involvement in it all. To print money. Insane amounts of ECB backed Euro money creation to fund this army and the technology behind it.
I mean political EU courage. No small things. Super big, huge and totally insane amounts of investments: a statement to the world: The EU is going to defend itself the coming centuries, and it’s going to project military power.
I doubt it will happen in my lifetime.