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02 November 2007

Opinion

Not by guns and bullets - preview

Martina Weitsch of the Quaker Council for European Affairs looks at October’s foreign policy paradigm shifts

October 2007 might – in hindsight – come to be seen as the point at which foreign policy paradigms shifted
  • Two events, not well-reported in the press, indicated that a fundamental change in attitudes may be underway


  • On 4 October 2007, Javier Solana, high representative for foreign affairs of the European Union, addressed the special committee set up in July 2007 by Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, to draft a white paper on defence and national security for France
  • The committee is conducting a number of hearings
  • The hearing at which Javier Solana addressed the committee was the first of these; other people called to speak to the committee comprise a substantial list of people from within France and far beyond
  • The committee has a very broad remit

  • Martina Weitsch

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