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The European Union has a
meager track record of anticipating and containing external threats. The bloc’s
2016 Global Strategy is an attempt to rectify this situation by devising an
integrated security approach that avoids the extremes of isolationism and
interventionism. But if member countries insist on a multispeed approach
instead of true cooperation, the attempt to build EU-based security structures
General Stanislaw Koziej
The plan for a European Union army appears to be an idea doomed
to fail. Its failure, however, could pave the way for closer European defense
cooperation centered on Germany. More likely, the push for an integrated
European army will lead, somewhat paradoxically, to a renationalization of
defense. Any such effort will have to rely heavily on NATO, and therefore on
the alliance's strongest European military, Great Britain.
Professor Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen
For several months, the European Union has been at work overhauling its defense and security strategy. During their June 2015 summit in Brussels, EU leaders assigned this task to the community’s chief of diplomacy. The European Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EGS) is due to be presented at the EU summit in June 2016....