EU pushes for more autonomy amid Afghanistan fallout

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, left, speaks with Dutch Defense Ank Bijleveld prior to a group photo at a meeting of EU defense ministers at the Brdo Congress Center in Kranj, Slovenia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

BRDO CASTLE, Slovenia — Still reeling from the European Union’s shortcomings in Afghanistan, officials from the 27-nation bloc on Thursday discussed ways to improve their response to future crises and not be so reliant on the U.S.