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Twenty years ago, the Twelve were well divided on the CFSP

We are October 6 and 7. The Foreign Ministers of the Twelve are meeting in Venice, with the creation of a common foreign and security policy on their agenda.

One country opposes it, as the correspondent of Le Monde, Philippe Lemaitre tells it: the United Kingdom. Two remain reluctant: Ireland and Denmark. The first because of its policy of neutrality. The second by natural reluctance and internal problem. But they are not the only ones lacking enthusiasm. German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher nipped the CFSP in the bud by refusing to go any further.

For its part, France, through the way of Roland Dumas presents some ideas. A longer presidency of the Council, of one year, or the appointment of a vice-president; as well as the merger of the Council secretariat and political cooperation (these are the terms of the debate that we then found successively, from the Solana-type CFSP secretariat to the diplomatic service of today).

The Dutch and the Commission are hostile to what they describe as " intergovernmental drift ". But they seem to be in the minority.

Italian Minister De Michelis advocates merging WEU into the Community. But most states are hostile to it, advocating a " gradual integration ».

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).