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In my previous post dedicated to the debate at the House of Commons I did not make mention of Dr Fox statement on French nuclear assets. Saying that “We must also remember that France itself co-operates very closely on nuclear issues with the United States. The United States, France and the United Kingdom form the… » read more

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As usual the House of Commons offered on 2nd November a very rich and dense debate on the ins and outs of the treaties signed between France and the United Kingdom at the occasion of the summit. I warmly recommend you to pay a visit to the video of the debate, that you will reach… » read more

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The European Union Institute for Security Studies has just released a report titled “What do Europeans want from NATO?”. As usual for productions published under the umbrella of this institute, it is worth reading this new document, and even if I do not totally agree with some of the points, the different articles are really… » read more

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Sun Tzu said: Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions, let them be made the basis of a comparison, in this wise: 1. Which of the two sovereigns is imbued with the Moral law? 2. Which of the two generals has most ability? 3. With whom lie the advantages derived from… » read more

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The common declaration following the UK-France summit of 2nd November would let think that France has become a major partner for the UK. Of course, a strong and long-term partnership should emerge from this agreement signed by the French President and British Prime Minister. However, I would moderate the enthusiasm of some French or European… » read more

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The UK-France summit of 2nd November 2011 has been presented as a major step forward as for bi-lateral cooperation in defence and security issues refers. Indeed, it is, as both countries say in a common declaration, “the UK and France are natural partners in security and defence. As permanent members of the United Nations Security… » read more

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Usually, when looking at the questions asked by the German Member of the Parliament to their government, I can see that the most irritating party is the left one, named “Die Linke”. It’s normal, as their main status is to belong permanently to the opposition. Their website is here: Die Linke. I apologize, but as… » read more

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On next 19 and 20 November, NATO summit will take place in Lisbon. All the people and media interested in the future of the Alliance are longing forward the conclusions of this summit. But what conclusions? A reduction of the military structure? And so what? The defence budgets of the NATO members exceed the unbelievable… » read more

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Many criticize the EU and its bureaucracy. However the EU have some positive aspects of which some are directly linked with democracy and the free access to information. This is what I did appreciate some days ago, while surfing, I got access to the conclusions of the General Affairs and External Relations Council (which gathers… » read more

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On 9th October, the French Socialist Party held a convention dedicated to foreign policy and intending to delineate the political orientations of the Party in the perspective of 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections. The text currently available on the net is not the definitive version and we are waiting for the public release of the… » read more

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