A Sight on European Defence

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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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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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The comprehensive approach, aiming at coordinating all the actors, civil and military, on a theatre of operations is an extraordinary complex issue. Have it become a reality and have the humanitarian aid, the international organizations, the EU, the various contingents and so on and so forth working even not together, but at least coordinated seems… » read more

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The EU operations in Somalia reveal a complex landscape, as involved in Somalia are two military operations with different commanders, both referring, I suppose, to the EU military staff, a multitude of programs, NGOs, organizations in charge of the civilian side and getting money from the EU. By the way and because of the ongoing… » 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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Here and there I can read that the Washington Treaty, creating the Atlantic Alliance, article 5, has inspired the solidarity clause, article 222 of Lisbon Treaty. Personally I would rather refer to the Brussels Treaty, creating the Western European Union, which is in fact much more demanding than the Washington Treaty. Here are the different… » 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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As the German government has decided to review largely its defence organization, even stating that some more communality of capacities should be looked for with its European partners, let us have a look at what German Defence forces could look like in a near future. As a consequence of the planned reform, the future structure… » read more

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The German federal ministry of Defence has made available on its website several key documents, which can help for a better understanding of what the future Bundeswehr will look like in the next years. Of course, this new development is not initiated by a open-minded approach linked to the previous German statements aiming at setting… » read more

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