Common European Defence: Competition or Compatibility with NATO?

Heike Krieger

in European Security Law

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218622
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696114 | DOI:
Common European Defence: Competition or Compatibility with NATO?

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Since the end of the cold war new security structures have emerged within Europe. The end of the bi-polar security system has enlarged the number of actors with overlapping competences. While North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) broadened its range of permissible activities through the new Strategic Concept of 1999, efforts within the European Union aim at closer co-operation on mutual defence. This chapter examines the legal limitations for overlapping treaty obligations of NATO and EU Member States. It then argues that the EU should not pursue the idea of creating a traditional defence alliance. Rather, because of the changing understanding of defence and security, an alliance based on a clause comparable to the solidarity clause in the envisaged EU Constitutional Treaty could be a more appropriate approach in the future.

Keywords: NATO; Strategic Concept of 1999; European Union; defence alliance; EU Constitutional Treaty

Chapter.  12049 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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