Are reinforcing the ESDP and improving transatlantic relations compatible objectives?
Are reinforcing the ESDP and improving transatlantic relations compatible objectives?. "There are, of course, two aspects to this question: the political and the military. Reinforcing the ESDP would be fine politically if trust was in ample supply. The fact is that trust has for the moment evaporated not least between the two countries that are the likely drivers, the UK and France. The danger for ESDP, therefore, is that the French, German, Belgian and Luxemburger aspirations for it are being interpreted in certain countries as a long-term stalking horse to replace NATO. In spite all of the assurances to the contrary that emerged from the mini-summit in Brussels in May, which I for one did not dismiss, it is clear that France and Belgium in particular are emphasising an alternative to NATO, not an addition to it (and yes I did read the communiqué)." By Julian Lindley-French.
By Cicero Foundation, US.