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The Weimar Triangle in informal format, at the castle


(BRUSSELS2) The Genshagen Foundation – which has its headquarters in this superb castle, a few kilometers from Berlin – had the good idea of ​​bringing together, this Thursday and Friday, in a very informal manner, around forty French, German and Polish specialists ( the Weimar Triangle) around an idea: what if the Weimar Triangle could have a more concrete translation in terms of civil-military cooperation and European defense missions and stimulate new developments for the CSDP?

For two days, ministers in office or “veterans”, military personnel who have often exercised leading responsibilities in the fields of European operations (1), ministerial officials, researchers from various institutions and a few journalists, sat together. , etc.

These exchanges are covered (normally) by the Chatham House rule (non-citable, non-attributable), which allows informal exchanges. I will come back to this in future posts… Because as one of the participants said, it is “The opportunity to escape from the somewhat soporific droning which has for too long punctuated the exchanges of the Weimar Triangle”.

A triangle that must widen in the United Kingdom

First observation apparently shared by a number of participants, if the Weimar triangle finds its relevance in terms of defense because it brings together three major countries in the field, it will not be able to find its full relevance and effectiveness without involving the United Kingdom. A proposal supported by Germany. “ In the absence of a rectangle, could we not find another formula » said one participant. And why not a formula of “triangular plus" or "3 + 1” others clarified. These latter formulas would have an advantage: allowing the British to find their full place in the discussions, without being formally associated, nor required to participate systematically.

(1) We can cite: the German Christian Schmidt, Parliamentary State Secretary for Defense, the French Alain Richard or the Pole Janusz Onyskiewicz —; military personnel — French General Ganascia (former head of Eufor Chad and now consultant for NGOs) and General Beth (formerly of the Licorne Force and now director of military and defense cooperation) General Pacek (former deputy head of Eufor Chad and today advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Polish armies), German Rear Admiral Krause (chief of the Joint Operations Staff, etc.), etc.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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).