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The EU and NATO

July 2015, Number 06.03

“The European Union and NATO are quite different organizations. The EU, previously the European Community, and before that, the European Coal and Steel Community, was established in 1958 with Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands as “the Original Six.” Since then, successive treaties have grown the EU to 28 states and greatly enhanced cooperation and integration in business, free movement of goods and services, economic policy and lately, foreign and defense policy.

The EU’s European External Action Service (EEAS) was launched in 2010. EEAS has extensive foreign policy implementation capabilities combined with crisis management, intelligence gathering and, increasingly, military proficiency. EEAS is headed by the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini. Its Common Foreign and Security Policy is decided by EU foreign ministers representing each member state at the Foreign Affairs Council, chaired by Mogherini...”

Excerpt from Dinos Anthony Kerigan-Kyrou, The EU and NATO,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  6, No. 3, 2015: 16-21.

Dr. Dinos Anthony Kerigan-Kyrou is a visiting lecturer at the University of Greenwich and an external instructor at Defense Forces Ireland. For six years he was an assistant course coordinator at the NATO School Oberammergau. He is a member of the Emerging Security Challenges Working Group, co-chaired by NATO's Emerging Security Challenges Division, and based at the PfPC Consortium of Defense Academies at the Marshall Center. Dinos Anthony is a member of the PfPC cybersecurity curriculum group, which is preparing cybersecurity training for NATO and PfP defense academies.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.