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Since the very beginning of operations in Afghanistan, exactly 2002 for the German Police Project, Germany has been training the Afghan Police as a contribution to the reconstruction of the state of law. However, times are becoming harder for the German Police. Die Zeit, the German weekly newspaper of reference, has published on 5th September… » read more

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Today, while writing another post, I had opened my browser and was listening more precisely on some songs on YouTube. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/rB5Nbp_gmgQ” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] And so what, would you say? One of those songs was “Rule Britannia”. Every nation needs myths to forge its unity. Myths of Glory, might it belong to the… » 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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This morning on the radio I could hear the reporter telling us about 9.11. I perfectly remember those days, some 9 years ago. In the following days and weeks, all of us wanted to express solidarity, compassion, empathy with the American people. Europe’s public opinion was supporting the US operation against the Taliban regime and… » read more

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I have just finished reading a long article expressing a harsh criticism of European construction. My overall impression is that I hope the author, Mr Robert Crowcroft is wrong, but his arguments mostly hit the bull’s eye. I really encourage you to read this post at the following address: http://www.defenceviewpoints.co.uk/articles-analysis/fear-honour-and-interest-the-fragility-of-european-stability-part-1 and then, for the part… » 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 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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While reading in detail the report of the group of experts on a new strategic concept for NATO, lead by Mrs Albright, I felt as if I was dreaming. Indeed, page 25, the experts dared writing: “The new strategic concept should recognise that the EU’s Treaty of Lisbon is designed, among other purposes, to strengthen… » read more

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After the coalition agreement signed by both Conservatives and Liberal Democrats on 11th May, some analysts casted a shadow on the solidity of the new British government. I will now just have a look on their respective programs regarding European Defence. Just to have an idea if this process could develop despite the new government.… » read more

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