Rapid Reaction Capability of the European Union

Author
Matthew McCray
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Abstract
The formation of an Army of Europe has been discussed almost since the end of World War II, but has yet to be realized. After reading through the numerous and varied proposals over the past sixty years, the observer invariably arrives at the conclusion that all concerned parties agree: the European Union (EU) should have its own military. The Union today, taken as a whole, is an economic and cultural superpower. Its leading nations seem to be willing to pursue the status of a humanitarian superpower and leader in conflict prevention, as well as to defend the Europe’s perceived collective interests in the world.
Topic
International Cooperation, Regional Cooperation, Military Strategy, European Union
Political Geography
Europe, Central Europe, Western Europe