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Introduction

  • Simon Duke
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Abstract

When reviewing the plans for the European Defence Community (EDC), Sir Winston Churchill commented that it was a ‘sludgy amalgam’. 1 This vivid image applies with as much force to the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) in the 1990s as it did to the EDC of the 1950s. The comparison furthermore serves as a reminder that progress towards European economic and political union is an ongoing process that must be put in its historical perspective. Although the context in which decisions are made may have changed, many of the same questions and themes encountered in the attempts to establish a EDC were also encountered later in the European Political Co-operation (EPC) process and, most recently, in the CFSP process. Indeed two issues have dominated the post Second World War security debate in Europe. How should the Europeans keep the US involved in Europe’s defence and what should the nature and extent of the European contribution be?

Keywords

European Integration Security Dimension European Security Civil Control European Contribution 
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© Simon Duke 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Duke
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  1. 1.European Institute of Public AdministrationMaastrichtNetherlands

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