European Defence vs. NATO: Not the Right Fight

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Series Details 16.02.18
Publication Date 16/02/2018
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The Council of the European Union adopted on 5 December 2017 a set of conclusions on EU-NATO cooperation, endorsing common set of new proposals for further joint work.

These conclusions related to the implementation of the Joint Declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

This document followed up on other sets of conclusions approved in December 2016 and June 2017 on defence cooperation between NATO and the European Union. The Joint Declaration promoting EU-NATO strategic partnership was adopted in July 2016 in response to global security challenges.

This set of conclusions was adopted as NATO Foreign Ministers held a meeting on 5-6 December 2017.

Author argued that the United States was right to suspect that Europe’s decision in 2017 to build up a robust defence policy was not all good news for NATO. But it was making its point the wrong way. Attacking Europe’s push for greater security cooperation won’t make it reverse course, and could do damage to an already frayed transatlantic relationship.

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EP: EPRS: What Think Tanks are thinking, May 2017: NATO and EU defence
The New York Times, 18.02.18: U.S. Revives Concerns About European Defense Plans, Rattling NATO Allies
Carnegie Europe: Strategic Europe, 05.10.17: Macron, the Atlanticist
NATO: Speech, 16.02.18: Remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the opening session of the Munich Security Conference, 16.02.18
Politico, 16.02.18: [Opinion]: European defense vs. NATO: Not the right fight
France24, 18.02.18: Germany’s defence minister says EU defence pact will complement NATO
LSE European Institute: EuroppBlog, 07.05.18: Assessing the impact of new European defence initiatives on transatlantic relations

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