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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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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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Recent publications have shown that some European countries are looking for new paths in order to more involve their armed forces in their budgetary saving policy. Really fascinating thing is that bold initiatives are on preparation, without any real conceptual work being performed beforehand, but under the pressure of the current budgetary crisis. More precisely… » read more

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One of my main references, Nicolas Gros-Verheyde, published on 17th June a post titled: “The Parliament demands some transparency for EU “Defence” budget”. Supported by a resolution voted by the Parliament, his post illustrates the fact that the EU Parliament has not renounced to extend its power and not to forget the smallest piece of… » 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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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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Two persons expressed their concerns on my statement criticizing the fact that Mrs Albright expert group mentioned the climate change as a geopolitical issue. I do appreciate those comments as they encourage me to think it over, may be a little bit more. Indeed, like any citizen, I take into account ecology in my daily… » read more

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