G. Nonnenmacher, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung I June 18, 2008
France issued a White Paper on military reforms to meet the new challenges of transnational terrorism and nuclear proliferation. ++ Alongside the modernization and rationalization of its armed forces, France seeks to return to the NATO command structure and revive the idea of a common European defense policy. ++ The US no longer rejects the plan and has thus cleared the way for the formation of an EU defense structure. ++ Hitherto, however, a common European defense policy shows more progress on draft papers than in reality.