New fields of German-Danish Defence cooperation
At the 2014 Munich Security Conference, German officials announced a rebalance of the German Foreign policy and promoted a more proactive role, especially in Security and Defence policy. Subsequently, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced a review of the 2006 White Book on Security Policy and pushed for further military cooperation and integration, in consequence of the financial crisis and the demographic challenges that force many European nations to start major defence reforms. First steps in this direction were undertaken with the Netherlands and Poland.
Against this backdrop and assuming that the potential for further cooperations is not being exploited to the full, the Institut für Europäische Politik and the Danish Institute for International Studies started a research project to identify such potential in the German-Danish Defence cooperation.
Preliminary results will be published in form of a policy paper and presented at the German-Nordic-Baltic-Forum the 19 and 20 November 2015 in Copenhagen.
Detailed Goals of the Project:
- Monitoring of the current debate on security and defence in Germany.
- Identification of new defence initiatives and cooperations.
- Interviews with German experts and employees in the German defense establishement.
- Presentation and discussion of preliminary results at the seventh German-Nordic-Baltic-Forum the 19 and 20 November 2015 in Copenhagen.
August 2015 to December 2015
Jéronimo Barbin (IEP)
Mikkel Runge Olesen (DIIS)