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July 14, 2021

Weapons of Mass Debate

Germany’s Unease Around Nuclear Deterrence
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Heiko Maas at a press conference on June 1, 2021 in Berlin in the context of a meeting of foreign ministers of NATO partners.
Heiko Maas at a press conference on June 1, 2021 in Berlin in the context of a meeting of foreign ministers of NATO partners.
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1945 ushered in the nuclear era. Yet, the construction of a European project, with the ambitions to achieve economic integration and strategic cooperation, did not have an agenda on nuclear force and deterrence. French President Emmanuel Macron brought the issue back up in a speech delivered at the Ecole de Guerre in February 2020, during which he called upon European leaders to engage in a strategic dialogue on nuclear issues. This call has remained relatively unanswered, especially in Germany, which is strongly committed to pursuing European security through a NATO framework, and fears France’s proposal could threaten the transatlantic partnership. 

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This text was first published on July 8, 2021 by the Institut Montaigne

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