• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss the relevance of a European Rapid Reaction Force.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Discuss the relevance of a European Rapid Reaction Force "Today's conference in Brussels pledging national troops to a European rapid reaction force is a strongly positive development we wholly support. We welcome today's European Union's Capabilities Commitment Conference as a first step towards making the Headline Goal of a European rapid reaction force a reality and getting the European Security and Defense Identity right. We, along with the other Allies, are working closely with the European Union to make this initiative a success and to create a true strategic partnership between two key Western institutions -- NATO and the European Union." (U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaking on November 20th 2000) The European Rapid Reaction force was initially thought about during the late 1940's, after the signing of the Brussels's treaty. Many of the leaders of Europe at that time knew that an event such as World War II with its monumental loss of life just couldn't happen again. The French and Germans set the ball rolling in 1992 when they created a small force of 1000 troops known as the EuroCorps, as a sign of post cold-war friendship. However it was the Balkan wars that really gave the spark to Europe to set up a European Rapid Reaction Force. ...read more.

Middle

"Basically, what the EU is trying to create is a collective security mechanism through a force that is robust enough to act quickly and effectively in crises, but flexible enough to be deployed in various forms and sizes for a complex range of missions." (Dr Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP for the South East Region and member of the Green/European Free Alliance Group of the European Parliament) In respect to the Kosovo war, the relevance of a European Rapid Reaction Force in today's modern society is certainly valid in that if we had of had this force at the time of the Kosovo conflict, then we might have been able to stop the conflict before it had escalated resulting in thousands of deaths. The main goal of this force is stop a major conflict happening before it starts and I believe that the Rapid Reaction Force would have been able to do this had it been in place during the Kosovo War. We can't keep relying on America to send over its military power through NATO every time we have a conflict in Europe. Collectively we are powerful enough to form a force that is in every way a match for the American military army and so a building up a rapid reaction force should be a priority of Europe's. ...read more.

Conclusion

We need some sort of force to protect our own interests within Europe, and the European Rapid Reaction Force seems to be the perfect solution. We will be able to sort out these conflicts quickly and easily as the basis of the force is on its "rapid" deployment. If it can stem the problem before it escalates then deaths will be kept to a minimum which is one of the primary goals of the Rapid Reaction Force. The ERRF will also alleviate some of the pressure on NATO allowing it to redeploy its troops which were in Europe to other parts of the world. All in all the ERRF will hopefully help to make the world a safer place which is what the majority of the people in the world want. In that respect I believe the relevance of a European Rapid Reaction Force is guaranteed, and if it can do what it has set out to do then I believe Europe will be thankful for its increased security. "I am excited with the European decision to set up a Rapid Reaction Force of 50 to 60,000 men all ranks. We ourselves are going through a reform of our own peacekeeping operations and I think that you're going to see far greater co-operation between the EU and the UN." (United Nations Secretary general Kofi Annan) Word Count - 2284 words - 1 - ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level European Union section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level European Union essays

  1. A clear explanation of key underpinning economic theories relevant to the EU.

    This is a major benefit to Boots as there are more consumers to sell to. The above have been allowed due to the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which allows movements of goods and capital and labour without any barriers and restrictions.

  2. Consequences of lack of self discipline:Here I am going to look at the police ...

    Attitude: you need to have a good attitude towards your work to be able to work at your best abilities. As part of a team a negative attitude would have a negative effect on the rest of the group, whereas a positive attitude will have a positive effect on the group.

  1. Why did the witch-craze happen in Early Modern Europe?

    There are many factors that help to answer this question, some have been discussed above. However one factor remains; the fear of rebellion, sedition and disorder that beset members of the upper classes during these years16. It is no coincidence that the earliest descriptions of the witches appeared when Europe

  2. The Institution of the European Union and Theories.

    are greater as companies can sell their products anywhere in the member states and consumers can buy where they want without any penalty. Boots Europe 2001/2002 faced challenges as of the euro, but Boots in the Netherlands opened 15 new stores and profits have increased by 8%.

  1. The UN is an ineffective Peacekeeper. Discuss

    First, the UN security council determines the action taken by the UN and is responsible for the mandates given to UN forces. In Rwanda, the UN forces in position when the conflict broke out had a mandate of peacekeeping and were therefore unable to act quickly enough to prevent full

  2. What does citizenship mean in the European context?

    For others, the very prospect of a European demos is undesirable. It is argued (correctly in my view) that integration is not about creating a European nation or people, but about the ever closer Union among the peoples of Europe.

  1. Regulation 2560/2001 on cross-border payments in Europe.

    The cross-border transfers handled by TARGET are mainly interbank payments with an average value of 17.7 million euros (Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems, 2003,, p.90). The Regulation provided banks with an incentive to set up an efficient international system for processing international cross-border money transfers, so that costs for these transfers could be reduced.

  2. Transformation of the U.S. Hegemony in Europe through NATO after the Cold War

    The discrepancies regarding ESDP can be also analyzed with this perspective. U.S. involvement in the region after the Cold War did not decline; on the contrary, we can observe a rising interest such as efforts in the unification process of Germany, democratization of former Soviet bloc, special relations with Russia and the military intervention in the Balkans.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work