The European Constitution and Defence

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  1. The European Union Constitutional Treaty has been agreed in Brussels by the European Council. The Treaty will contribute to the development of European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP).

    The EU Constitutional Treaty has been agreed, but not yet ratified by member states. It is much wider than defence, but there are a number of articles in the Treaty of relevance to MOD. These include agreements on:

    1. A 'structured co-operation' protocol.
    2. The creation of a European Defence Agency.
    3. The updating of the Petersberg Tasks.
    4. The solidarity clause.

    The official party line from MoD is as follows:

    The beginning of end; Government spin or good news for us?
     
  2. It will never work in a month of Sundays :roll:
     
  3. Everyone thought the League of Nations would work, it didnt. Then everyone thought NATO wouldnt work, it has...
     
  4. Yep I agree with that.

    France never contributed any assets to Nato, but did the political posturing etc.
    Always to their rules, times are a changing, where mind you, is a good question? :roll:
     
  5. Nato worked during the Cold War. It even worked, up to a point, during the Kosovo crisis. It has singularly failed to work at any but the most basic level in Afghanistan. 8)