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Differing member state approaches to the development of the EU Battlegroup Concept: implications for CSDP

Chappell, L (2009) Differing member state approaches to the development of the EU Battlegroup Concept: implications for CSDP European Security, 18 (4). 417 - 439. ISSN 0966-2839

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Abstract

This article will analyse the challenges facing CSDP through an evaluation of the impact that differing member state strategic cultures have on the EU Battlegroup Concept,, highlighted through the examples of Germany and Poland. The concept was initiated to give the EU an increased rapid reaction capacity. However, as emphasised through the cases of Germany and Poland, divergences in EU member states’ strategic cultures remain, including when, where and how force is used. When this is combined with the cost of plugging military capabilities’ gaps, the political willingness to deploy a Battlegroup can be affected. Whilst the article highlights that the role that member states want to play within CSDP as well as international expectations can override constraining factors, the Battlegroups rely on a rotation system. As some member states are more willing to deploy the Battlegroups than others, the concept risks becoming a declaratory policy thus undermining CSDP.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Laura Chappell (2009): Differing member state approaches to the development of the EU Battlegroup Concept: implications for CSDP, European Security, 18:4, 417-439. EUROPEAN SECURITY is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/feus20/18/4
Uncontrolled Keywords: The EU Battlegroup Concept, The Common Security and Defence Policy, Poland and Germany
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Politics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2012 15:01
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:15
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/235561

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