Published on EP-Today on 19th January 2016: As one of the main responses to the Paris terrorist attacks France announced on 16 November 2015, for the first time ever, the activation of the so-called "mutual defence clause" under Article 42, paragraph 7 of the EU Treaty (TEU ), which was accepted by all EU Member States on the following day. This process contains two particular aspects which are highly problematic:
On the one hand because thereby the other EU- member states adopted/joined the highly controversial view of France, which sees the attacks as acts of war and therefore sees the legitimation of a (primarily) military reaction.
Secondly, an alleged obligation to support France militarily (e.g. in Germany) is being derived therefrom, even in military operations which are hardly linked to the attacks in Paris (support to France in current operations – e.g. Mali). Mehr