The European Union and National Defence Policy (State and by Jolyon Howorth

By Jolyon Howorth

Filling a stunning hole in latest reviews, this publication addresses a few of the unanswered questions surrounding the position of eu integration in shaping nationwide defence coverage. The remarkable array of participants examine the pressures on nation coverage emanating from the method of integration. The e-book is split into 3 exact components: * an summary of the tortuous heritage of makes an attempt to hyperlink defence with eu integration * a learn of the 4 greater member states - France, Germany, Italy and the united kingdom in addition to a bankruptcy at the Netherlands;* an research of the consequences of the nuclear guns and hands procurement guidelines. This, the second one booklet within the country and the eu Union sequence, sheds mild on an more and more vital and topical point of latest eu protection and should be crucial studying for these learning eu Politics, Public coverage and diplomacy.

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The 1996 LPM states explicitly that the space programme cannot exist other than as a European co-operative venture (Boyon 1996:70). WEU is keen to acquire its own extensive space facilities, but remains dependent on the FrancoGerman lead (WEU 1996a and 1996b). The defence industry and europeanisation It is in the field of the armaments industry that the discourse on the European imperative becomes universal.

9 Much of the difference follows from professionalisation and budget cuts, which are not concerns of this chapter. But from the perspective of Europeanisation, it is interesting to note that whereas, in the previous plan, there were three overall commands for the entire armed forces —Europe, overseas and special operations—these specifications have now disappeared. Likewise, the army was previously structured around three corps of which one was the Eurocorps. All specific reference to the Eurocorps in the 1996 LPM has disappeared.

It may be an exaggeration to suggest that moves towards European integration in defence are the principal driving force behind these new deployments. Yet, the French shift towards emphasis on conventional weapons for power projection constitutes a radical departure in defence policy from the heyday of ‘Gaullism’. Clearly, at doctrinal, programmatic and operational levels, this shift represents a de facto convergence between French defence planning and that of WEU and NATO. Convergence (rather than integration) is the essential feature.

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