Brexit: Neither a catastrophe nor a blessing for EU defense policy

Contrary to outward appearances, the revival of a real European defence policy does not depend […]

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Contrary to outward appearances, the revival of a real European defence policy does not depend solely on Brexit. It is, however, possible that Brexit could be catastrophic for London whilst Brussels could avoid the fallout. In terms of a future EU defence policy, the Franco- GAerman partnership will be pivotal. 

By Nicole Gnesotto, professor at the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts and Chair of hte Board of Directors for the National Defence Institute of Higher Education

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Contrairement aux apparences, la relance de la défense européenne ne dépend que très marginalement du Brexit, dont les e ets seront nettement plus catastrophiques pour Londres que pour Bruxelles. En matière de défense, c’est le couple franco-allemand qui retrouve un rôle décisif. 

Par Nicole Gnesotto, professeur du Conservatoire national des arts et métiers et présidente du Conseil d’administration de l’HEDN (Institut des hautes études de défense nationale)

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