Armed and Ready? The EU Battlegroup Concept and the Nordic Battlegroup (2006:2)

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This report traces the origins of the EU decision to set up battlegroups, describes the underlying political and military concepts and analyses the challenges that the EU and its member states face in realising the Headline goal 2010, the plan adopted by the European defence ministers in June 2004 with the aim of improving European military capabilities.

It also discusses the broader question of whether or not a military capability allows the EU to better achieve its goals.

The report was presented at the seminar The European Union as a Global Actor and is part of the research project Borders of the new EU - possibilities and challenges.

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