Searching for a rationale for Europe’s defence

Common defence policy is lacking in Europe (photo:dpa)
Common defence policy is lacking in Europe (photo:dpa)

European defence has been the target of modernisation since the end of the Cold War in 1991. It has been searching for a future role in the post-Cold War world where former East-West tensions have diminished and defence budgets cut. This report is the first of a two-part series looking at European defence.

EUROPEAN countries for centuries pursued their interests by manipulating the balance of power. This guided the globalisation of Europe’s cultures and interests on the part of its most assertive nations.

But this resulted in two world wars in the 20th century and the self-destruction of Europe as the centre of globalisation.

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