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European defence cooperation and the Danish defence opt-out: report on the developments in the EU and Europe in the field of security and defence policy and their implications for Denmark

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  • Christine Nissen, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark
  • Cecilie Felicia Stokholm Banke, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark
  • Jakob Linnet Schmidt, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark
  • Mikkel Runge Olesen, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark
  • Hans Mouritzen, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark
  • Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen, Forsvarsakademiet, Denmark
  • Rasmus Brun Pedersen
  • Graham Butler
  • Louise Riis Andersen, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark
The Danish defence opt-out will hamper the protection of Danish interests if, in the future, there is dynamic integration, working towards increased European strategic autonomy. Conversely, the defence opt-out will be less important if the EU’s defence cooperation stagnates or is rolled back, for example due to internal disagreement among the member states.

These were the main findings in the external DIIS report from 2019 that has now been translated to English. The report was commissioned by the Danish government in November 2018 and focuses on the development in the EU in the field of security and defence policy cooperation and its significance for Denmark. Picking up from the last DIIS report (2008), the new report focuses in particular on the period following the launch of the EU’s global strategy in the summer of 2016. The analysis is based on interviews with experts, officials and representatives from the EU, NATO, Denmark and other Member States, as well as case files in the archive of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, official documents, and existing research.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationCopenhagen
PublisherDIIS - Danish Institute for International Studies
Number of pages108
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7605-999-6
Commissioning bodyUdringministeret (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark)
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2020

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