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:

Time Period

August 2015 to December 2015

Project Team

Jéronimo Barbin (IEP)
Mikkel Runge Olesen (DIIS)