Is the EU Army a Pipe Dream?

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Series Details October 2016
Publication Date 19/10/2016
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The Brexit had at least the advantage of forcing Europeans to propose multiple projects in order to better pool their military capabilities. The growing concern generated by a potential resurgence of the Russian threat, combined by a tangible and durable jihadist terrorist threat, also explains the Europeans’ desire to better protect together. The guarantee of American security becoming uncertain due to the upcoming presidential election is also a concern for Europeans, especially since during Barack Obama’s two terms. In consequence, the US have constantly asked that Europe better take into account their security interests.

Given this situation, several initiatives have been launched or will be launched in the coming weeks. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission will present a roadmap at the end of November 2016. The French and German Ministers of Defence published a joint letter and Italy also introduced proposals during the Bratislava Summit at the end of September 2016.

Does this mean that projects of common European armed forces are pipe dreams? Certainly not. The European Union will only be able make progress towards the objective of a common security and defence policy if the proposals put forward reflect a clear political project offered to European citizens.

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