Global Insider: France-Britain Military Cooperation

Britain and France are launching a joint effort to examine possibilities for defense cooperation in the face of shrinking defense budgets. In an e-mail interview, Nick Witney, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and former chief executive of the European Defence Agency in Brussels, explains the context for current France-Britain military cooperation. WPR: What are some of the historic differences between Britain and France’s defense postures? Nick Witney: We’ve won more times than they have! Think Agincourt, Trafalgar . . . More seriously, since World War II, the main differences have stemmed from France’s independent, Gaullist […]

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