A Sight on European Defence

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In the perspective of the development of European Defence (I prefer to precise: in the long term, very long term perspective of…), some comparisons are regularly made on the different conditions or limitations to the use of armed forces on national soil. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/IyYj2QBpj8s” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This is the focal point of a… » read more

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Surf on the Web is really pleasant, mainly when you can grab out of some particularly serious and renowned website a thorough study on the EU battle groups. Then you start reading it, in order to get a better view of this concept sometimes presented as a showcase of European Defence, and may be of… » read more

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After a first post describing what EATC would look like at the end of its development, I would like to analyse with some more accuracy the consequences and meaning of this new Headquarters. Firstly the EATC does not mean that European air forces have merged in one single force. Every participating country remains the owner… » read more

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In the former times I had heard about the European Air Transport Command (EATC), supposed to put under one single operational authority the military transport fleets of Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Then nothing happened. But, some days ago, going through the blogs I usually visit, a post, showing an Airbus A400-M flying over… » read more

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For a while, expeditionary warfare has been a taboo in Bundeswehr. The setting up of Bundeswehr, some 55 years ago, strictly controlled by the Western allies, was intended to beef up the Atlantic Alliance forces against the gigantic Red Army. Bundeswehr, which founding fathers were designated among the former Wehrmacht generals, abandoned the souvenir of… » read more

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Among the multiples areas in which our governments operate, the fight against terrorism is often regarded as a field in which European Defence could develop. Some of the arguments one can read here and there are the following ones: -The terrorist attacks of the past years against European countries have shown that international terrorism threatens… » read more

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This is a reviewed and updated article, initially titled ‘the UK could move towards European Army through the mutualisation of military assets’. The two traditional nations at the avant-garde of European Defence, France and Germany seem to be supported by a third nation that nobody would have expected on that field. I mean the UK.… » read more

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Recent publications have shown that some European countries are looking for new paths in order to more involve their armed forces in their budgetary saving policy. Really fascinating thing is that bold initiatives are on preparation, without any real conceptual work being performed beforehand, but under the pressure of the current budgetary crisis. More precisely… » read more

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As I already mentioned in my previous post, German Defence Forces, the Bundeswehr, has been created based on democratic principles, of which the conscription, the innere Führung and the home defence. The best way to secure the fundaments of this system was a strict control by the parliament, as mentioned in the constitution, the “Grundgesetz”… » read more

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