National Visions of EU Defence Policy-Common Denominators and Misunderstandings

The premise of this study is simple: before discussing what defence strategy the EU should adopt at Brussels-level, member states should clarify what they expect individually from the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Inspired by the confusion about EU defence policy in most European capitals, this authoritative study inverts the usual analytical approach applied to the debate on European strategy. Rather than initiating the enquiry from the perspective of common interests guiding CSDP, it analyses how seven prominent member states see CSDP as a tool to pursue their strictly national interests. Five researchers immersed themselves in the foreign policy worlds of Paris, London, Berlin, Rome, Warsaw, Stockholm and Madrid, looking at CSDP through national lenses and away from the potentially distorting influence of ‘Brussels’ rhetoric. This book does not set out to analyse European defence policy as an end in itself or as a collective project, but rather as a vector of individual – indeed self-interested – visions for the member states studied. By adopting this rather more pragmatic approach, the study aims to identify the common denominators, misunderstandings and deadlocks in the strategic debate around CSDP, with a view to enriching it.
National Visions of EU Defence Policy - Common Denominators and Misunderstandings is a collaborative study between CEPS and GRIP (Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security), funded by COST, an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology supported by the EU’s RTD Framework Programme
National Visions of EU Defence Policy – common denominatorsand misunderstandings, eds. Federico Santopinto, Megan Price, Centre for European Policy Studies, 2013.
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