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"The EU ‘neutrals,’ the CFSP and defence policy"

Laursen, Finn. (1997) "The EU ‘neutrals,’ the CFSP and defence policy". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    The European Union (EU) is trying to develop a Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). According to the Treaty on European Union (TEU), or Maastricht Treaty, the CFSP "shall include all questions related to the security of the Union, including the eventual framing of a common defence policy, which might in time lead to a common defence" (art. J. 4). The purpose of this paper is to study this defence dimension of the EU, in particular the attitudes of the EU’s ‘neutral’ member states. When the TEU was negotiated there was one ‘neutral’ state, viz. Ireland. But the latest enlargement added three ‘neutral’ member states, viz. Austria, Finland, and Sweden. These ‘neutral’ countries are neither members of NATO nor the Western European Union (WEU). Further, at least two other member states which are members of NATO, the UK and Denmark, have been skeptical about developing the EU’s defence dimension. While the UK is a member of the WEU, Denmark is not. Both have been ‘minimalists’ in respect to the EU’s defence dimension, emphasising the primacy of NATO.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Ireland
    EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    Countries > Denmark
    Countries > Finland
    Countries > Sweden
    Countries > U.K.
    Other international institutions > WEU
    Other international institutions > NATO
    Countries > Austria
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2006
    Page Range: p. 27
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23

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