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Topic A: Establishing a European army

In 1957, by signing the treaty of Rome, the Netherlands became a founding member of what would grow at the actual European Union. In the last decade, because of the rise of anti EU feelings, this unprecedented form of organization has been facing oppositions. However, following the national elections of March 2017, the Netherlands has shown that blocking populist and extremist trends is possible. Our new government is fully committed to the reestablishment of a strong European Union based on cooperation on predominant issues such as security and defense. The Brexit and the United States threatening to stop its contribution to European defense should been seen as opportunities for the EU to move forward and make finally emerge consensus on the question of the establishment of a European Army.

Besides being highly developed and strategically located between the North Sea and key members of the EU, the Netherland has a strong military capacity, from sea and air forces to a broad range of force elements. As the Dutch involvement in peacekeeping missions led by the United Nation proves it, our military power should not be undermined, we can provide a meaningful contribution to a wide variety of operations. Since the end of the Second World War, the Netherlands has put a great emphasis on multilateralism regarding foreign and defense policy. Our delegation is now committed to find a new balance between its traditional American ally, embodied in NATO, and the European Security and Defense Policy.

Every project of a European Army, from the European Defense Community to the recent plans from French and German defense ministers toward a European defense union, has bee...