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A Chronology of European Security and Defence 1945-2006 by Julian Lindley-French

By Julian Lindley-French

A Chronology of ecu safety and Defence 1945-2006 is a different and authoritative resource of reference for all people with an curiosity in eu security and protection over the past 60 years. An generally annotated chronology, the ebook bargains a blow-by-blow account of the occasions that experience formed the Europe of this present day. The booklet conscientiously areas every one occasion in context, explaining what occurred, the place, while, and why. Month-by-month, year-by-year Europe's contemporary earlier is laid out and defined. With its available structure, wealthy aspect, and balanced research, the booklet should be crucial analyzing and reference for students, scholars, policy-makers and policy-analysts alike.

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It changes the status of Western forces from occupying forces to defending forces, paving the way for a resumption of talks over Germany’s status. 1951 [33] June 30 European Defence Community: The Military Committee of the Paris Conference succeeds in producing an interim draft report on the structure, size, and command of a European army. July 3 European Defence Community: NATO SACEUR Eisenhower calls for a European Federation as he lends his weight to the creation of a European Army. July 24 European Defence Community: The Paris Conference approves the report of the Military Committee and recommends the creation of a European Army.

They insist that the West German element within NATO must not exceed 20 per cent of the overall force levels of the Alliance. However, they also insist that West Germany must become a NATO member which in turn will require equality of treatment in the political field and the right to secede from the Alliance. This is something that is unacceptable not only to the French, but to all the European Allies. The Spofford Proposals go on to make a distinction between the creation of German units and a European Army.

September 15–20 NATO—The Early Years: The NATO Council meeting in Ottawa examines the vexed issue of Contractual Agreements, which proved the stumbling block during the ill-fated Petersberg Conference. The Contractual Agreements are aimed at transforming the status of Germany from that of an occupied power to that of an ally. However, France demands that any such agreement be linked to the European Defence Community, specifically an EDC treaty, and thus a European Army, so denying Germany freedom of action.

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