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The Framework Nations Concept: Germany's contribution to a capable European defence

Das Rahmennationen-Konzept: Deutschlands Beitrag, damit Europa verteidigungsfähig bleibt

Major, Claudia; Mölling, Christian

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract With the Framework Nations Concept, which it introduced to NATO in 2013, Germany attempted to bring the topic of defence cooperation among NATO countries once more to the foreground. The development of multinational units would, in theory, increase sustainability and help preserve military key capabilities. Smaller armies could plug their remaining capabilities into an organizational backbone provided by a larger, "framework" nation. Politically, the concept represents a step towards transatlantic burden sharing. As the initiator of the concept, Germany must now not only show that the well understood obstacles to defence cooperation can be overcome; it must above all else reduce scepticism among those who would like to cooperate, but doubt Berlin's reliability as a military partner. (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; NATO; Federal Republic of Germany; security policy; defense policy; military; cooperation
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 52/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications