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.

Europe’s resurgence, following th...

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Dr. Uwe Nerlich
The armed forces of major European force providers lack strategic rationale and the means to systematically exploit the potential of technological developments. Modest efforts by the United Kingdom and France show a preference for not even engaging in a broader European defence initiative
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