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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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In the 90’s, along with German reunification and the upheaval of Eastern Europe map, France, Germany and Poland set up an informal forum, named the Triangle of Weimar. This forum stills exists, even if more or less on decline, and covers many fields of tri-lateral cooperation, including defence. Initially, this cooperation could have become to… » read more

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The Centre for Strategic and International Studies, along with the French IRIS, issued in July a report dedicated to “Security and Stability in Africa in the twenty-first century“, written by Richard Downie. This report is really worth being read because of the accurate and updated view on Africa it conveys. I particularly enjoyed the description… » 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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In Euobserver.com of 25th February 2010, A. Rettman wrote on Latvian and Lithuanian call for tighter EU rules on arms sales (click here). He says that both countries were thinking to the French sale of RoRo ships to Russia. Those sales have apparently raised some concern in their countries. Although their have of course the… » read more

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