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Defense priorities for future presidencies

(B2) The two Swedish and Spanish Defense Ministers agreed, in Prague in mid-March, on some of the issues they intended to promote during their respective presidencies (Sweden from July 1 and Spain from January 1, 2010). On the classic menu: operations, capabilities, partnerships... but a few points to note: improving the preparation and commitment of EU Battlegroups (the light rapid reaction force), strengthening civilian capacities and military crisis management (the intrinsic coordination between these two aspects) and coordination with other strategic partners such as the African Union. The work has already started (I'll tell you about it later). But here we have a fine duo, and even a quartet (if we add Belgium and Hungary which will follow) of presidencies seriously committed to promoting the ESDP. We will thus be able to escape from the somewhat ambient gloom which is affecting us, under this Czech presidency which apparently has other fish to fry, than the Europe of Defense, and to regain steeper but more fertile ground from the slow rise in power. Hoping that the Lisbon Treaty will be ratified. And let the EU's Mr. Diplomacy find his rightful place.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).