European Security and Defense Policy : NATO's Companion or by Robert E. Hunter

By Robert E. Hunter

The ecu Union's new ecu protection and safeguard coverage (ESDP) is an important step towards complete ecu integration, in parallel with growth towards a standard overseas and defense coverage. the USA helps ESDP--but at the foundation that it truly is created inside of NATO, separable yet no longer break free the Alliance, and drawing normally on NATO's army resources. This e-book tells the tale of ESDP's courting to NATO--and what has to be performed to make sure that the storehouse of ecu safety is elevated and transatlantic team spirit is preserved.

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Beyond Berlin: Devil in the Details (I) 25 states that joined the European Union but not also NATO—an issue that has not arisen so far but that could do so in the future. However, while potentially serious, this problem had no practical solution without provoking a clash between NATO and the European Union, at a time when the issue remained moot: So long as the WEU was quiescent, there was no need to push this matter to the level of major debate and disagreement. Concerns about the grand bargain also appeared on the European side, and in particular in France.

This point also gives the answer to US concerns about “back-door” guarantees if the EU and WEU admit new members who do not wish—or are unable—to join NATO as well. Today the question does not seem urgent, but could become topical when EU enlargement gathers momentum. It would be difficult to exclude new members of the European security framework simply because NATO is not ready to take them in. See also Cologne European Council, Presidency Conclusions, June 3–4, 1999, “Annex III, European Council Declaration on Strengthening the Common European Policy on Security and Defence,” paragraph 2: The commitments under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty and Article V of the Brussels Treaty will in any event be preserved for the Member States party to these Treaties.

Dropping Article V [of the Brussels Treaty for new WEU/ESDP members] would be a step back in terms of solidarity. Maintaining it should not be difficult, as nobody foresees this cause being implemented outside the collective defence provided by NATO. This point also gives the answer to US concerns about “back-door” guarantees if the EU and WEU admit new members who do not wish—or are unable—to join NATO as well. Today the question does not seem urgent, but could become topical when EU enlargement gathers momentum.

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