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  • EU foreign ministers seek common ground on Iraq, weapons of mass destruction

    News | Security 14-04-2003

    Post-war Iraq will likely dominate the agenda of
    the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Luxembourg on 14

  • Blair, Chirac to unveil defence initiative

    News | Security 04-02-2003

    Accompanied by four cabinet ministers, British Prime Minister Tony Blair travels to France on 4 February for the annual one-day Anglo-French summit with President Jacques Chirac.

  • EU’s big three in defence crossfire

    News | Security 02-12-2002

    In the wake of a proposal tabled jointly by Germany and France last week on creating a full European defence and security union, Britain has fired back by insisting that NATO should continue to be Europe's "collective defence organization".

  • Time for Mr ESDP?

    Opinion | Security 02-10-2002

    Time for Mr ESDP? The EU's attempt to create a viable defence policy ­ born of Franco British parentage at Saint Malo four years ago ­ has, so far, made only limited progress. A dispute between the Greek and Turkish governments …

  • An Integrated Civil Police Force for the European Union

    Opinion | Security 27-06-2002

    An Integrated Civil Police Force for the European Union The European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) enjoys the support of a larger percentage of the European public than does the EU itself (74% vs. 48%). The "war against terrorism" that followed …

  • New Defence Agenda set up to discuss NATO-EU co-operation

    News | Security 17-05-2002

    The New Defence Agenda was set up by Forum Europe in Brussels on 17 May to serve as a platform for discussing NATO and EU defence and security policies.

  • EU military operation in Macedonia in doubt

    News | Security 16-05-2002

    The ongoing Greek-Turkish dispute over the EU-Nato defence agreement could endanger the first EU military operation, planned to take place in Macedonia in September.

  • EU defence plans blocked ahead of meeting with NATO

    News | Security 13-05-2002

    EU Foreign and Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels on 14 May to discuss progress on creating a Rapid Reaction Force. Greece is blocking plans on EU-NATO defence co-operation because of its concerns over Turkey's influence on EU defence policy, and no agreement is likely before the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Rejkyavik on 14-15 May.

  • Financing row holds up ESDP

    News | Security 02-11-2001

    The inability of EU Member States to agree on how to finance the development of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) threatens to delay its launch. The Financial Times reports that the Belgian Presidency's desire to announce that it will be 'operational' at next months Laeken summit may not be possible for this reason.

  • Accommodating Turkey in ESDP

    Opinion | Enlargement 01-05-2001

    1. Introduction Can Turkey's demands for equal treatment with EU member states be reconciled with the EU's demand for autonomous decision capacity? This commentary analyses the Turkish position and assesses the theoretical and practical possibilities for accommodating Turkey's demands in the European Security and Defence Policy …