Franco-German Security Accommodation: Illusion of Agreement
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The authors have attempted to explain the developments in the evolution of European integration by focusing on the Franco-Germany relationship. They argue that Paris and Bonn remain strongly committed to the concept, principally as a vehicle to overcome their collective past. A constant and, at times, irritating characteristic of this drive is their almost obsessive need to be in agreement, particularly when they are not. When stymied in attempts to initiate greater integration, the two countries invariably turn to military cooperation e.g., the Eurocorps to promote greater consensus. The authors conclude that Washington needs to appreciate better the rationales behind these French and German initiatives and adopt a coherent policy towards a future European Defense Identity.... Maastricht Treaty, European integration, European Community, Exchange Rate Mechanism, Franco-German relationship, Paris- Bonn axis.
- Government and Political Science