Ireland’s opt-out from the EU’s common defence pact is about to become very relevant
The new reality we now face requires us to pursue a very nuanced foreign policy with all our neighbours
Article 42 of the Lisbon Treaty provides that common defence “shall be an integral part of the common foreign and security policy”. It states that this would entail the “progressive framing” of a “common Union defence policy” which would come into force “when the European Council acting unanimously so decides”.
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