Defence policy

Transport 05-07-2007

Transport security

The terrorist attacks in the USA, Spain and London forced countries all over the world to strengthen their transport security measures but there is not always agreement on how far such measures can go before becoming invasive and over-expensive.
Security 16-02-2005

Transatlantic relations [Archived]

EU-US relations have been on a somewhat bumpy ride in recent years with disagreements over issues ranging from the Iraq-war to the Kyoto Treaty and the International Criminal Court. These matters, however, are only a small part of an otherwise well functioning US-EU relationship. After the re-election of President George W. Bush in November 2004 there has been a sustained effort on both sides of the Atlantic to get relations back on track. During the European tour of President Bush in February 2005, which included a first ever visit to EU institutions in Brussels, it became clear that both parties had decided to overcome the previous animosity.  This was further underlined by the international conference on Iraq on 22 June in Brussels, which was co-hosted by the US and the EU. 

EU defence equipment policy [Archived]

The EU's defence equipment policy aims to promote the implementation of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP), the improvement of the Union's abilities to fulfill the Petersberg Tasks and the strengthening of European defence companies' industrial situation. The 2006 Code of conduct is paving the way for a partial ending of the defence industry's general exemption from EU's public procurement rules.   

EU Security and Defence Policy [Archived]

The project of developing an independent European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) was launched by the Cologne European Council on 3-4 June 1999 as a distinctive part of the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). The aim of ESDP is to complete and thus strengthen the EU's external ability to act through the development of civilian and military capabilities for international conflict prevention and crisis management. The central vision behind it is outlined in the security strategy document  'A secure Europe in a better world'  by Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council. 
Security 23-02-2003

Iraq War [Archived]

The Iraq war has led to strong divisions within the European Union and increased tensions between Europe and the United States. This LinksDossier provides links to daily news coverage from American, European and Arab sources, to think tank studies on post-Saddam Iraq, and to weblogs from journalist at the front.