Thinking about the Unthinkable: Guidelines for a Euro-Defence Concept

  • Pierre Lellouche
Part of the Studies in International Security book series (SIS)


Ever since the failure of the European Defence Community (EDC) plan some 32 years ago, the issue of ‘European defence’ (which means here collective European self-defence) has been frozen into a kind of political and intellectual taboo. But, unlike another great European taboo — that of German reunification, which the Germans are supposed to think about always but speak about never — European defence is referred to in countless speeches and statements; only in general terms, though, rarely in detail.


Nuclear Weapon Nuclear Force European Security German Reunification European Cooperation 
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    Uwe Nerlich: ‘La Force de Dissuasion Française et la Sécurité de la RFA’, in Karl Kaiser and Pierre Lellouche (eds.), Le Couple Franco-Allemand et la Défense de l’Europe (Paris: Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), 1986. Bonn: Deutsche Gesellschafr für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP), 1987).Google Scholar

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© International Institute for Strategic Studies 1988

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