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The Future of European Defense - March 27 2017

The 2016 white paper, concerning the development of German defensive interests, defined an inter-European military coalition to be at the center of Germany’s role within the European Union (EU). The opinions of young officer cadets in the United Kingdom and Germany, however, were highly divergent in relation to a European defense alliance. The results of a study carried out in 2014 with 755 officer cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Military Officer School (Offizierschule des Heeres) in Dresden did not only reflect the Euro-skeptic position of the British people (which reached its peak in 2016 with “Brexit”), but also the German soldiers’ skeptical position in regards to a Europeanisation of military matters. [...]