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British-German Defence and Security Cooperation in the Context of European Defence Integration and Brexit



Year of publication 2019
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Description This paper aims to examine Brexit implications for security and defence cooperation between the UK and Germany in the context of accelerating defence collaboration within the EU. Despite any assessment being necessarily provisional, the inquiry explores the ways in which relevant German and British actors have engaged in the Brexit process so far, outlining how they have attempted to mitigate and address the Brexit-associated uncertainties in the sector (both direct and indirect ones). Of particular interest are two vectors of tension. The first one concerns the tension between Germany’s emphasis on protecting and developing EU cohesion and the necessity of building a privileged post-Brexit defence partnership with the UK. The second one pertains to the tension in existing and future defence and security cooperation projects between the preference for bilateral partnerships between EU members and the UK on the one hand and multilateral UK-EU approaches on the other.

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