WASHINGTON – France once again is pushing the notion of a common European defense force. Three countries – Poland, Germany and France – are often referred to as the Weimar Triangle nations, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that a coordinated effort by these countries for a common European defense also would assist in defense spending cuts and pooling military capacities of the European countries.
The call for a common European defense comes as Europeans see the United States shifting its emphasis more toward the Asia-Pacific region. Until now, the U.S. has been the lead country in maintaining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. But many now are questioning whether it needs to exist.
While Europe still relies on NATO primarily for its defense, the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty in 2009 allowed for creation of an independent course of action. Le Drian said that the Weimar Triangle, a political cooperation forum set up in 1992, should lead the effort.
The three countries are working to set up a tactical military group by 2013 to be used as an example for wider E.U. participation and cooperation.
Recent NATO action in Libya underscored numerous divisions within its membership on which countries would participate for political reasons, and which countries could even afford the military expenditure.
The U.S. was placed in the position of bearing the brunt of providing the resources for the Libyan campaign that resulted in the ouster of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi after some 40 years of rule.
Yet, the political situation within the country remains fluid despite recent parliamentary elections due to the lack of political experience the country has had and the tribal nature of the country. Those issues are raising challenges in providing any kind of unity government.
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