No. 22: NATO and EU Rapid Response
Contradictory or Complementary?
Author(s): Christian Mölling
Editor(s): Daniel Möckli
Series: CSS Analysis in Security Policy
Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
Publication Year: 2007
With the establishment of rapid response forces, the EU as well as NATO aim to address future security challenges and to support their internal force transformation. Given the ongoing rivalries between NATO and the EU and the shortage of deployable forces, the added value of such standby forces and their apparent duplication is increasingly questioned. Recent cutbacks in the force size underline this trend. While they share similar origins and purposes, the NATO Response Force and EU Battlegroups not only display different characteristics, but also have different effects.