Germany, France and Italy urged the easing of the EU's tough public spending rules, and Berlin pledged an additional 1,000 troops to an EU Rapid Reaction Force at the EU defence ministers' meeting on 19 May.
The defence ministers of the EU are expected to announce the operational capability of the 60,000-strong European Rapid Reaction Force at the 19-20 May session of the General Affairs and External Relations Council.
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?
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
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 …
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.
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.
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