European Security and an Enlarged Community

  • John C. Garnett


This paper seeks to explore some of the defence implications of an enlarged Community by examining the international environment in which it must operate, by speculating about the sort of international behaviour it will adopt, and by analysing the collaborative ventures which its members may undertake. At the outset it is worth emphasing that there is a sense in which an enlarged European Community has no defence implications whatever. Formally, membership of the E.E.C. carries no obligations other than a customs union, an agreed agricultural policy and a common commercial policy, and one has only to consider the policies of the present members to see that in itself membership carries no strategic or military implications. Furthermore, there is some evidence that the Common Market countries, particularly France, are much more interested in the fields of commerce and finance than they are in security. The enlargement of the Community may herald significant economic changes but very few developments in the defence field. When we talk about the defence implications of the Common Market, we are not, therefore, talking about inevitable consequences. We are simply speculating about possibilities, about what might happen if member states extended to the political and military fields the sort of arrangements which have proved so mutually beneficial in the economic field.


European Unity Foreign Policy European State European Economic Community Military Power 
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© National Defence College 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Garnett
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.International PoliticsUniversity College of WalesAberystwythUK
  2. 2.National Defence CollegeUK

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