A Sight on European Defence

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Mr Di Rupo has been tasked by the King of the Belgians to explore the possibility to form a government after the anticipated legislative elections, which took place in spring. The scenario of 2007, when it took several months to form a coalition, seems to play again, as Mr Di Rupo has to negotiate with… » read more

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This is the follow up of a previous post, published some days ago. Number one is to be found here: http://europeandefence.blogactiv.eu/2010/08/23/blog-%E2%80%98kings-of-war%E2%80%99-comments-on-%E2%80%98the-silent-death-of-european-defence-the-quiet-awakening-of-european-security-1/ Looking more precisely at the current UK coalition, I was really sceptic in the past. I even wrote a rather pessimistic post on this issue. The latest developments of the budgetary crisis have convinced… » read more

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On 8th June, Mr Rob Dover published on ‘Kings of War’ a post dedicated to European Defence. At that time, he had proposed the visitors to feel free to challenge and correct him. For sure my answer comes a little bit late. But it’s OK, at least in my opinion: I will never comment immediately… » read more

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Surfing on the Web provides good opportunity to reach and read pieces of information rich in ideas, thoughts on Europe and proposing a way ahead for European Defence. One of those sites is the Egmont institute, based in Belgium. In June 2010 this institute published an opinion paper, written by Mr Biscop and Coelmont, titled… » read more

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On 11th June, the EUObserver.com dedicated an article to the new status of the EU at the UN. It seems that the EU, as such, will have the right to make proposals, submit amendments, raise points of order and circulate documents. Of course, seats of France and UK at the Security Council are safe as… » 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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On 15th June, Mr Robert Walter, Member of the British Parliament (Conservative) and President of the European Security and Defence Assembly (formerly known as WEU Assembly) pronounced a speech at the occasion of the 58th session of the assembly (here). Despite the decision of Member countries to dissolve the WEU assembly, Mr Walter would like… » read more

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