A Sight on European Defence

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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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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There have been several press articles on the future format of German Armed Forces. In any case, manning will be trimmed again and make out of Bundeswehr the smallest one among the main countries. However one factor should be taken into account to moderate the mere figures. In accordance with its fundamental law, the civilian… » 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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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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