From exception to facilitator: what place for France in the EU/NATO partnership in the post-Cold War global world?
In the wake of WWII, the historical legacy of the last 65 years has led the Europeans to organise their defence in the transatlantic framework through NATO, and in the European Union (EU) through Common Foreign and Security Policy/Common Security and Defense Policy. Despite the reiterated wish to make the two organisations complementary, this has not been achievable so far because of their different natures and formats. While the US ally has been moving its strategy to the East (Asia-Pacific), the Europeans have been urged to take on a larger part of their security burden. This cannot be achieved by individual nations, however, and pushes for deeper integration of European defence (namely pooling and sharing). The enhancement of European capabilities within the EU is likely to be the only way to keep up the transatlantic partnership in the twenty-first century, and France has a key role to play towards this objective.
Keywordsnational interests dependency solidarity cooperation integration role sharing
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