Nuclear Deterrent Cooperation Involving Britain, France, and Germany
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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To construct a political union with an autonomous Common Foreign and Security Policy CFSP, the European Union EU must sooner or later address the integration of the British and French deterrents within a credible West European nuclear consultation arrangement. However, there exists little consensus among Britain, France, and Germany on the creation of a European Security and Defense Identity ESDI, much less the course and speed of integration within the EU. Indeed, the conflict and contrast of national interests have been most conspicuous when discussions at the highest levels have turned towards creating a combined European nuclear posture through the coordination of the British and French nuclear forces. Without a Eurodeterrent, an autonomous CFSP for the EU would be impractical due to NATO Europes continued reliance on US nuclear guarantees. However, if an autonomous CFSP were realized, the EUs combined nuclear posture would have significant implications for the United States and the Atlantic Alliance. Due to the complexity of the issues involved in the creation of a multinational European nuclear doctrine and deterrent, the creation of a Eurodeterrent should be considered the anchorman vice the pacesetter within the develoment of the EUs Common Foreign and Security Policy.
- Government and Political Science