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Key EU countries call for radical overhaul of foreign and defence policy

English: Guido Westerwelle at a meeting with C...

Guido Westerwelle at a meeting with Carl Bildt, at the foreign ministry in Stockholm, Sweden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Friends Of Europe, September 20, 2012

Five of the six biggest countries in the EU, excluding Britain, have called for an overhaul of European foreign and defense policy in a bid to make the EU a bigger global player.

The “Future of Europe Group”, led by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, has compiled over the past nine months a 12 page document of policy recommendations concerning the future of Europe… (more) http://ow.ly/2shu79

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European Union Common Security and Defence Policy

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This map represents notable regional organisations related to collective security, also known as military alliances. NATO, CSDP SCO, CSTO PSC SADC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Luis Simón and Jolyon Howorth, European Geostrategy, September 4, 2012  
(Over the next few months the editors of European Geostrategy will undertake a number of interviews with various individuals who are involved in thinking about European foreign, security and military policies. In this third interview in the series, Luis Simón discusses European relations with the United States with Jolyon Howorth, the Emeritus Professor of European Studies at the University of Bath, and long-time analyst of the European Union’s efforts to forge a common military policy.)

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NATO Maneuvers: Officials concerned over optics of Arctic war fighting

Royal Navy Sea King Mk4 Helicopter Practices L...

Royal Navy Sea King Mk4 Helicopter Practices Load Lifting Drills in Norway (Photo credit: Defence Images)

StratRisks, August 24, 2012

…Roughly 800 soldiers from the 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment, in Petawawa, Ont., eventually did take part in Exercise Cold Response last March. They formed one contingent in the overall exercise involving 16,000 troops from the U.S., Britain, France, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden.

The exercise, which has been held regularly since 2006, coincided this year with the election — or re-election — of Vladimir Putin as Russian president.

Reaction from Moscow clearly indicated that the Kremlin saw the NATO-Swedish training as provocative, especially since it came on the heels of a Canadian sovereignty exercise in February known as ‘Arctic Ram.’

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ProSyn: Islands of Isolation

, ProSyn, July 17, 2012

PARIS – The Japanese and the British may seem very different, but a closer look reveals something akin to a parallel destiny for these two island peoples. With their old imperial ambitions and widespread distaste for the great continents from which the narrowest of seas divide them, both the British and the Japanese are vulnerable to the siren song of isolationism. Unfortunately, both now appear to be succumbing to that dangerous temptation…
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Carnegie Inst: The Dangerous British Malaise

English: Economical blocs in Europe

English: Economical blocs in Europe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by: Jan Techau, Carnegie Institute, Tuesday, July 17, 2012

British reluctance about the European integration process has traditionally been met with much sympathy among non-ideological, pragmatic Europeans on the continent. Even strong supporters of the EU have often harbored a silent admiration for what seemed to be the sturdy, healthy resilience of a stubborn island people suspicious of centralized rule and over-regulated cheese markets. But what once looked like common sense, and a welcome pragmatic counterweight to continental integration dogma, has now turned into dogma itself. Britain has become radicalized. And as always, political radicalization has two sources: weakness—perceived or real—and a misadjusted perception of reality… (more)  http://ow.ly/1lqajl

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