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The agreement between France and Greece, the strategic independence of Europe and the experience of Czechoslovakia Aerozlas

The agreement between France and Greece, the strategic independence of Europe and the experience of Czechoslovakia Aerozlas

Greece concluded an agreement with France on the purchase of billions of euros worth of strategic fighters and ships. In addition to money and the growth of military power, according to French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the future of the European Union’s defense independence is at stake.



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Let’s start with the purchase conditions themselves. From a military point of view, it is indisputable that Greece has acquired high-quality equipment. New ships, especially the Rafale fighters, are one of the most prominent current military technologies.

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In financial terms, billions of euros are an expression of the decision to prioritize defensive and offensive capabilities over investments in, for example, health, education or infrastructure. The priority given corresponds to the way of thinking, what hospitals, schools, roads, highways, distribution networks, power plants and the like, when a potential enemy can take all this.

I personally encountered this argument, to my surprise, in circles of the Greek left as well. All this is in the spirit of the Greek Prime Minister’s response to the German media to the question of why his country spends so much on armaments. He said that the reason for this, unlike Germany, was that it does not border Denmark, but Turkey.

Turkey is another cornerstone that fits into the mosaic of international politics, similar to the behavior of the United States.

The French treasury and the president’s reputation came in handy not only with Greek money, but especially with the international political recovery after the error caused by the AUKUS Agreement between Australia, the USA and Great Britain. Not only did the White House not consult in advance, but dryly announce the whole thing, as Paris negotiated behind it.

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This event was preceded by fluctuations in the withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to which, according to European politicians, Washington did not make any special efforts to consult with the allies.

All this prompted the President of the Elysee Palace to reiterate his call for other EU countries to accelerate their strategic ability to act independently. So when the Greek Prime Minister and the French President announced a multi-billion-euro deal, they also talked about a defensive clause that obliges the two sides to help each other.

In the case of Greece in its region – where the French president does not leave Turkey on a regular basis In the case of France, this assistance should be in the African Sahel region, for example. At the same time, the senior politicians made clear in their words that this is exactly the path they are taking as an example to others, with an imaginary torch illuminating the current international political darkness surrounding the European Union.


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Z hlediska čistě řečnického souhlasí i zbytek Unie, což právě potvrdil neformální summit ve Slovinsku. Problém je, že od předsevzetí a vysloveného vědomí souhlasu je daleko k činům. Na nich se zbytek Unie zase neshodl. Mimo jiné proto, že část zemí, hlavně z východu Evropy, nechce budovat struktury ohrožující a přesahující NATO.

Nic takové sice podle slov představitelů Řecka a Francie na stole není, naopak je jejich dohoda údajně posílení euroatlantické vazby, ale fakticky vzato, pokud by platily dohody NATO, zvláštní obranné smlouvy by přece nebyly potřeba.

Dokazuje to skutečnost, že proti budování samostatných struktur Unie se vyslovil také generální tajemník Severoatlantické aliance Jens Stoltenberg. Připomněl, že 80 procent nákladů aliance nesou mimounijní členové. Dodal, že si Unie má být vědomá, že vnější hranice jí kryje nárazníkové pásmo neunijních zemí skoro ze všech stran a rozhodně se nemají budovat struktury NATO duplikující nebo stojící mimo něj.

Unijní členové si slíbili v listopadu nastínit plán posílení obranné a strategické autonomie. Řecko-francouzský pakt je pakt dvou velmi vyzbrojených zemí, s vlastními zájmy a problémy. Těžko čekat rychlé následování celé unie. Existuje totiž ještě jeden problém.

Spojence k zásahu donutit nelze, musí sám chtít. A chce jen tehdy, když je to v jeho zájmu. Co se týká konkrétně spojenectví s Francií, své by mohlo vyprávět Československo.

Autor je komentátor Českého rozhlasu

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