By Sally Rohan
This full-term research of the Western ecu Union (WEU) brings to lifestyles the heritage of Europe’s look for a co-operative safeguard and defence order, from its publish international struggle II origins to the current day. constructing the WEU as a help association, designed to advertise the 2 safety "ideas" of collective defence and integration in the course of the fundamental agencies of Alliance and neighborhood, this booklet bargains a window onto the demanding situations confronted within the improvement and administration of NATO and the evolving EC/EU through the years. because the WEU’s old trip unfolds, the often competing visions of the longer term association of the ecu safeguard area are uncovered within the fluctuating nature of its personal sensible evolution and devolution. A hybrid association pushed by means of its twin aid function, the constructively ambiguous and comfortably independent WEU used to be to supply a mechanism during which divergent pursuits may possibly converge and inherent tensions be relieved, combating NATO and EC/EU stagnation. This publication deals clean perception into the ability through which the sluggish transformation of the institutional framework of ecu protection was once enabled, and stakes the WEU’s declare as a basic and life-long contributor to the soundness of the ecu safeguard system.
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