Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony for Russia's Navy Day in Saint Petersburg on July 30. The pomp-filled display of Russia's naval might celebrated the expansion of Russian sea power from the Baltic Sea to the shores of Syria. Photo: AFP

Europe needs a real defence strategy to deal with the threats on its doorstep

Maximilian Mayer says Europe, led by Germany, grew complacent about military matters after the cold war and needs to wake up and devise a comprehensive plan to respond to the threats now presented by Russia, Turkey and conflict next door

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony for Russia's Navy Day in Saint Petersburg on July 30. The pomp-filled display of Russia's naval might celebrated the expansion of Russian sea power from the Baltic Sea to the shores of Syria. Photo: AFP
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