Anglo-French defence cooperation is a useful supplement for broader multilateral European schemes, but is not a replacement for them: to exert real influence over international security affairs Europeans must act collectively.
British Politics and Policy at LSE
(13 Sep 2011)
Recent actions in Libya have shown Europe’s reliance on the United States to support military actions that have a European interest. And while the UK’s reaction to massive cuts to defence spending has been to forge a closer relationship with France, Anand Menon argues that it is Europe as a whole must collaborate much more closely in defence procurement and operations if it is to exert independent influence over international security affairs.
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