Policy Brief

Jun 13, 2016

Germany’s Vote to Strike ISIS in Syria

Signalling a shift in its approach to international law

After the terrorist attacks in Paris in November, President Hollande somewhat surprisingly invoked Article 42.7 of the Lisbon Treaty – the EU’s mutual assistance clause – instead of NATO’s Article 5 to win European support for the military campaign against ISIS in Syria. Germany’s Bundestag answered the call, voting in December to authorize military support. By championing Lisbon’s assistance clause, Germany sent a clear signal to its fellow member states in support of European common defense.



Bibliographic data

Langland, Eric. “Germany’s Vote to Strike ISIS in Syria.” June 2016.

DGAPkompakt 14 (Juni 2016), 5 S. (in englischer Sprache)