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Entente Cordiale. Eine erste Bilanz französisch-britischer Zusammenarbeit in der Sicherheits- und Verteidigungspolitik
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Dr Jocelyn Mawdsley
Mawdsley J, Kempin R, Steinicke S
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In November 2010 France and Great Britain decided to cooperate closely in the realm of security and defense. They decided upon numerous measures, particularly in the areas of operations, arms development and production as well as nuclear safety. Over a long period of time, the agreements were considered as nothing more than a savings program, not least by Germany. However, an initial assessment shows that both partners have made great progress in the implementation of the cooperation agenda and further strengthened their partnership. It is becoming increasingly obvious that maintaining an internationally competitive defense industry and sustaining the ability to intervene are common objectives of Franco-British cooperation. Germany has not participated in this cooperation so far. If Germany wants to prevent Europe of splitting up in the realm of security and defense, it should, together with France, work towards a standardization of Franco-British and Franco-German initiatives of arms cooperation.
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