Europe in the Western Alliance: Towards a European Defence by Jonathan Alford

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57. Cf. P. Bender, Das Ende des ideologische Zeitalters; die Europiiisierung Europas (Berlin: Severin und Siedler, 1981). 58. Some of the European Gaullists present a European Nuclear Force as an interim phase or bargaining chip to attain a nuclear-free Europe. 44. 3 European Defence Cooperation: Why Now? James B. Steinberg The issue of European defence cooperation has been a fertile field for analysts of European security policy. Nearly two decades ago the IISS, under the direction of Alastair Buchan, undertook a study of the possible directions for Europe's future.

Some of the European Gaullists present a European Nuclear Force as an interim phase or bargaining chip to attain a nuclear-free Europe. 44. 3 European Defence Cooperation: Why Now? James B. Steinberg The issue of European defence cooperation has been a fertile field for analysts of European security policy. Nearly two decades ago the IISS, under the direction of Alastair Buchan, undertook a study of the possible directions for Europe's future. After examining several potential models the report concluded that, while total integration was neither likely nor desirable, 'functional cooperation between the West Europeans' offered the possibility 'to adjust the balance within an avowedly unequal partnership'.

The need to constrain the US defence budget in a time of high deficits and pressure on domestic social welfare programmes has focused American attention on the costs of the US commitment to NATO and led many Americans to question the wisdom and fairness of what they perceive to be a disproportionate US military contribution to European defence. 7 per cent of GNP: considerably higher than most of the NATO allies. Although a number of European nations met the 1977 NATO goal of 3 per cent real growth in defence in the early 1980s, by the middle of the decade many of NATO's staunchest supporters (such as the Conservative British government) were proposing budgets with real declines in defence expenditures.

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