A Defence Role for the European Community

  • Peter Schmidt


A big package awaits discussion at the EC intergovernmental conference which began in December 1990: the Political Union of Europe. It will be a delicate process. The lack of Margaret Thatcher’s vibrant anti-Delors voice in the future will probably bring the more silent voices of opposition elements to the forefront. Differences in the way the representatives of the twelve states interpret the term ‘political union’ will become clearer than ever before. The German Chancellor has recently presented his vision of this impending Western Europe: a federal state comparable and similar to the recently extended Federal Republic of Germany. There is much resistance to that idea, thus the model will not be accepted immediately.


Monetary Union Defence Policy Political Union Defence Role Defence Sector 
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  1. 4.
    For the reasons why I don’t see that the CSCE can replace these structures see the argumentation in Krause, J. and Schmidt, P., ‘Europe’s Evolving Architecture’, Washington Quarterly, No. 4, Autumn 1990, pp. 79–92.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 6.
    For a general overview of basic differences in the Franco-German case in security matters see Schmidt, P., ‘West Germany and France: Convergent or Divergent Perspectives on European Security Cooperation?’, in The Evolution of an International Actor: Western Europe’s New Assertiveness (Boulder, Col.: Westview Press, 1990), pp. 161–78.Google Scholar

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