The European Strategic Autonomy has been discussed a lot since 2016, when the European Global Strategy was introduced. The main aim of this paper would be to analyse what the strategic autonomy means, what is the relation with NATO and the views by some of the EU member states representing different points of view regarding ESA.
European Strategic Autonomy lacks a common definition and that can be the main obstacle for the realisation of the concept. Moreover, France and Germany are becoming main players in the EU after Brexit, but they have different views on defence and security matters. Smaller member states also view the European Strategic Autonomy differently.
The cases of Croatia, Latvia, Slovakia and Greece represent different perspectives on the European Strategic Autonomy, even though being also members of NATO. On the other hand, the case of Cyprus will be analysed as the country, which is not a NATO member. The views of the EU member states represent the cornerstone of the implementation of European Strategic Autonomy.