Klaus Becher

EU Defence Policy: Evolution, Prospects and Implications

| December 1, 2001

The further one moves away from European capitals, the more esoteric the topic ESDP is bound to appear. Its motivation and thrust is not easily understood, and confidence in its positive implementation does not abound. Europeans must be prepared for some tough questions. For the sake of a well-based assessment of ESDP and its implications, its historical background and its evolution since 1998 should be taken as a starting point.