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European partners as protecting shields for the F-35
News Briefs, 23 déc, 2016

Brits begin to wonder about their special relationship with America
11 déc, 2016

The Comission is about to change, somewhat, its approach towards defence
03 déc, 2016

Ariane 6: the beginning of the end for the European space industry?
01 janv, 2016

Airbus invents the non-political armaments industry
01 déc, 2015

After deliberately de-Europeanising the name of the group formerly known as EADS, the CEO of Airbus remains true to his vision. When it comes to the announced selling of the defense electric branch, Tom Enders declares he is indifferent to the acquirer's nationality, as only the price matters ...

Increase in the military budget in the Netherlands ... and more incremental costs for their F-35s
18 sept, 2015

President Hollande and the Mistral issue
31 aout, 2015

Priorities to be redefined urgently, for European defence
Articles, 03 janv, 2015

The Alliance facing the crisis in Ukraine (assessment of NATO's Wales summit)
Défense & Stratégie n°36, automne 2014
13 nov, 2014

Another Mistral storm
News Briefs, 20 juil, 2014

Small pearls from the last week (26 May 2014)
News Briefs, 26 mai, 2014

Small pearls from the last week (4 May 2014)
News Briefs, 04 mai, 2014

Small pearls from the last week (27 April 2014)
News Briefs, 27 avril, 2014

France in face of NATO's rebound
Articles, 14 avril, 2014

Small pearls from the last week (23 March 2014)
News Briefs, 23 mars, 2014

Cyberdefence: beware of alliances!
Theatrum Belli
02 mars, 2014

Small pearls from the last month (February 2014)
News Briefs, 28 févr, 2014

Poland, the object of all covetousness ...
News Briefs, 30 janv, 2014

Small pearls from the last month (19 January 2014)
News Briefs, 19 janv, 2014

Slippery slope: the re-atlanticization of European defence
The Federalist Year LV, 2013
31 déc, 2013

The Gripen in Brazil: a pro-American choice for lack of anything better?
Articles, 21 déc, 2013

Small pearls from the last week (1 December 2013)
News Briefs, 01 déc, 2013

Small pearls from the last week (17 November 2013)
News Briefs, 17 nov, 2013

Small pearls from the last week (10 November 2013)
News Briefs, 10 nov, 2013

Small pearls from the last week (3 November 2013)
News Briefs, 03 nov, 2013

The JSF syndrome in Canada
Articles, 12 oct, 2013

Small pearls from the last week (6 October 2013)
News Briefs, 06 oct, 2013

The A400M from a US perspective
Articles, 02 oct, 2013

The A400M from a European perspective
Articles, 02 oct, 2013

Small pearls from the last week (29 September 2013)
News Briefs, 29 sept, 2013

The transatlantic tropism of the President of EADS
Articles, 28 sept, 2013

Readings from the week (18 August 2013)
News Briefs, 18 aout, 2013

Readings from the week (4 August 2013)
News Briefs, 03 aout, 2013

The Commission interferes in armaments matters
Articles, 29 juil, 2013

Armament policies in Europe, seen through the example of the BAE Systems-EADS affair
Défense & Stratégie n°33, automne 2012
15 nov, 2012

Failure of the BAE-EADS fusion: what's left after an attempt at treason? The intention...
Theatrum Belli
19 oct, 2012

Autonomy or subservience: the military dimension of the call for European sovereignty
Europa, n°1, novembre 2009
15 nov, 2009

European Europe or Atlantic Europe: a question of “preference”...
La Lettre Sentinel n°47, octobre 2007
31 oct, 2007

These last months saw the forceful return of the good old debate on “protectionism” versus liberalism. In other words, on the respective roles of the politics and the economic, or face to face between the logic of power and the logic of the market. With the implicit question about the need for a “European preference”, and the immediate spotlight this directs on the inherent contradictions of the liberal-Atlantic credo.

Transatlantic news in brief, July-August-September 2007
La Lettre Sentinel n°47, octobre 2007
31 oct, 2007

The armaments sector in front of the great challenges of European integration
Colloque syndical européen de la FNTE CGT
29 sept, 2007

How can we reconcile two fundamentally different logics: that of the armaments sector with all the strategic imperatives linked to it, and that of the European construction which oscillates between a quasi-political entity and a mere large market? Intervention at the European Trade Union Symposium of the FNTE (National Federation of the Workers of the State) of the CGT.

Armaments issues in a transatlantic light
Présentation à l’Université d’été du CIFE-IEHEI
04 sept, 2007

After listing some of the major stakes related to the armament sector, a brief historical reminder is devoted to clarifying the context of the current debates. Then certain general characteristics of the American and European defence industries are going to be examined. Finally, misleading myths are to be deciphered, in particular the imposture of the technological “gap”, the holy horror inspired by the concept of “fortress Europe” and the tendentious praise of “complementarity”.

Transatlantic news in brief, January-February-March 2007
La Lettre Sentinel n°45, mars-avril 2007
06 avril, 2007

Article 296: Friend or Foe?
EuroFuture Magazine, Winter 2006
01 janv, 2007

The armaments sector is the par excellence strategic field, be it in geopolitical, economic or technological terms. Due to the coincidence between the most abstract questions related to sovereignty and the most tangible nature of the products (origin, composition, design), the policies pursued in this area are particularly revealing of, and determining for, the direction Europe is about to take.

Article 296 of the TEC: obstacle or safety barrier?
Défense & Stratégie n°18, octobre 2006
31 oct, 2006

In the public relations offensive carried out from Brussels - with the explicit or implicit support of a large part of the private industrial sector - article 296 is presented as being at the origin of the European fragmentation in the armament field. The only error of this otherwise attractive reasoning is that it confuses cause and consequence. Because far from being the source, article 296 is rather the reflection of our divisions. In particular that of the divergences, not to say differences, of intra-European viewpoints on the very idea we have on Europe’s future: power or not, European or not.

Towards which kind of of
Biztonságpolitikai és Honvédelmi Kutatások Központ
06 oct, 2006

The so-called code of conduct, which came into effect on July 1, 2006 with the participation of 22 Member States of the Union and is supposed to encourage the “Europeanization” of defence procurement, is only the beginning. It marks the entry in scene, in implacably concrete terms, of the fundamental political questions (differed since more than a half-century) of the European construction. As a beginning, it is by nature imperfect and ambiguous. But at the same time, it reflects perfectly the possibilities and the limits of the political will that is at its origin. 

The instruments of Europe's independence
Colloque à Strasbourg, au Conseil de l'Europe
05 oct, 2006

As for the systematically hidden choice between European dependence or independence, in the texts, everything seems crystal clear. When the ESDP (European Security and Defense Policy) was launched in June 1999 in Cologne, the Declaration of the Fifteen immediately stipulated the need for autonomy and credibility of the Union's means and assets. This is in line with the objectives set out in Article 11 of the Treaty on European Union, in particular the "safeguarding of the common values, fundamental interests, independence and integrity" of the EU. However, not only are we still waiting to see when these beautiful words will be translated into deeds, but the very question of whether they should be one day remains an object of debate.

European defence policy forecast
Biztonságpolitikai és Honvédelmi Kutatások Központ
06 aout, 2006

First of all, it is worth underlining that neither the French elections of 2007, nor those in the United States in 2008 are bound to alter in a notable way - i.e. in addition to the gestures and effect-based announcements scheduled for these occasions - the traditional orientations of the two countries’ foreign and security policies. Likewise, the calvaries of the new European treaty, the actual rhythm of the EU’s blind rush to enlargement, and the endless transatlantic initiatives based on stylistic changes in Washington are equally secondary from the point of view of the real evolutions in European integration and in our relationship with the United States.

Transatlantic relations in the light of the defence industries
Lecture at Jozsef Antall Foundation, Corvinus University
05 avril, 2006

The present framework only allows an inevitably approximate overall outline of the political processes and strategic stakes behind the armament issues. The conducting line is simple: in the field of defence industries and technologies, we are talking about the material bases of sovereignty, in other words the concrete pillars of the autonomous capacity to decide and to act. Each and every measure with regard to research, development, production and procurement is a political decision in the strictest sense of the term. It is therefore in this quality that it must be apprehended and transferred from the intimate circle of specialists right onto the public place. Since political decisions deserve political debate.

Transatlantic aircraft story 2 (Airbus vs. Boeing)
Népszabadság Online
30 avril, 2005

„Why is the American government supporting and subsidizing US aircraft industry through defence contracts? Simply because the future of the US, and of Europe in our case, is not in perfume or popcorn. The future is in electronics, computers, aircraft, missiles and space.” – the remark was made by Jean Pierson, ex-president of Airbus Industrie, in 1987.

Transatlantic aircraft story 1 (Joint Strike Fighter/F35)
Népszabadság Online
08 avril, 2005

The eventful history of the military aircraft Joint Strike Fighter (F35) is like an educational fable. It enables us to contemplate on the one hand the sometimes almost perverse mechanisms of US foreign and defence policy and, on the other, the process of voluntary abandonment of European positions and strengths. In short, it acts as an eminently instructive “digest” of the transatlantic relationship.

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