Thursday, 18 August 2011

The FES Wants A "European Army Jeopardizing The USA's Claim To Leadership"

A working group of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) is demanding the Federal Security Council be upgraded to become a sort of National Security Council and that the whole of society be subordinated to the primacy of "security policy." The social democrat foundation's Working Group on International Security Policy writes in a recent paper that an approach, differentiating between "domestic" and "foreign" security can no longer adequately meet the requirements of the new global threat situation. The traditional division of labour defined along territorial lines - with the police being responsible for domestic and the military for foreign operations - must be replaced with "functional" assignments. All "portfolios," including economic and development policy, should be aligned on "security policy." The segments of civil society not yet under state control, particularly the NGOs, should also serve "security policy." In addition, a European Army jeopardizing "the USA's claim to leadership should be finally established." The working group responsible for this paper includes parliamentarians in the Bundestag and functionaries in government ministries.
Uh oh.

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