№66: Poland and France: The (Un)Limited Strategic Partnership Cover Image

№66: Poland and France: The (Un)Limited Strategic Partnership
№66: Poland and France: The (Un)Limited Strategic Partnership

Author(s): Nathan Dufour, Marcin Terlikowski
Subject(s): Governance, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Military policy
Published by: PISM Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: Poland; France; strategic partnership; French-Polish cooperation; security and defence; European Union; military policy;
Summary/Abstract: Very optimistic declarations regarding the possible emergence of a new Franco-Polish engine in security and defence matters seem to a great extent unrealistic. Both countries differ too much to become the closest allies in the EU, from the size of their militaries and defence industries to strategic culture. In addition, the short-term posture adopted by both players in response to the multi-layered repercussions of the Ukrainian crisis means that both Poland and France are having a hard time envisaging the next steps forward. This being said, exploring the reasons why these two key European defence players are willing to cooperate can only help both partners to get the most out of it. There are some areas in which the Franco-Polish duo can, and should, achieve a lot.

  • Page Count: 7
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: English