The newest “Zebis International E-Journal”

calls for “Controversies in Military Ethics & Security Policy” on

“One Europe – One Army?”

On the Value of Military Integration

Euro-ISME wants to contribute to the discourse! This is why we regularly make the release of a new edition of the Zebis E-Journal a “News Topic”. And we call upon our members and friends, not only through Europe but purposefully also across the Atlantic Ocean, to participate in the discussion in our Forum about the place of the soldier and the role of Armed forces in Peace Building in the 21st century, characterised by increasing multinational integration, complexity of crises and use of high-technology.

With the newest edition of it’s biannual E-Journal, the Hamburg based “Centre for Ethical Education in the Armed Forces”, which is one of our Institutional Members, initiates a debate on the very topical question if the military cooperation that already exists, and is now being intensified in many individual projects, exert an irresistible pull that nobody can escape? Or is this another case of taking the second step before the first – i.e. is the Union once again creating a common instrument without first agreeing on a common strategic orientation? And what new conflict potential does this bring, both for internal relations and externally, for instance toward Russia in particular??

And the issue’s special feature looks at the question of how far “the German model of the citizen in uniform” can be “translated” into the different military cultures and traditions.

We are pleased to open our Forum again for your comments on this controversial topic.

On November 11, 1918, the First World War came to an end. As France’s President Emmanuel Macron explained in a speech marking the centenary of the Armistice, this historic date forms an important point of reference for the European peace project. Shortly before the commemorations in Paris, he had once again called for the formation of a European army.

The idea of a European army is not new. Although the renewed initiative is vague on details, one thing is certain: The European Union is in difficult straits as far as security policy is concerned. It is now going beyond previous forms and institutions of military cooperation, and taking concrete steps to prepare for a future that is perceived as increasingly insecure. One significant measure was the decision in November 2017 to establish Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in defense.

This instrument, with a current total of 34 projects, is clearly not the “big breakthrough” Macron hopes for. Nevertheless, some politicians see PESCO as a prelude to a European security and defense union. At least in the long term, so it is said, this will and indeed must lead to a common army. For all sorts of reasons, critics regard this scenario as being unrealistic and hardly desirable.

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