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A European Union with Teeth?

Jolyon Howorth

in The State of the European Union Vol. 7

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199283958
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199283958.003.0002
A European Union with Teeth?

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Common wisdom has it that European disagreements over the American-led invasion of Iraq killed the prospects for a European defense and foreign policy—but the common wisdom is wrong. In recent years, Europeans have moved fairly steadily in the direction of a meaningful European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP). The member-states remain divided on many policy issues and a number of deep obstacles remain to a strong common policy. But few now question the idea that Europe should play a greater role on the world stage, and the past several years have seen modest but concrete steps toward that goal.

Keywords: security; defense; European Security and Defense Policy; European Security and Defense Identity; Iraq; NATO; intervention; procurement

Chapter.  9989 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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