The European Union wants to streamline the movement of troops on its territory

During the deployment of NATO units in Poland and the Baltic States, following the increase in tensions with Russia, and the creation of the 1st Guard Army with 600 tanks against these countries, the units made faced with many difficulties in joining their positions. For example, it took more than 2 weeks for the Striker battalion of the US Army to be declared operational, which is why the European Union, which federates all the countries forming the front line with Russia , decided to undertake a program aimed at facilitate the movement of military units, and in particular heavy military units, between countries belonging first to the Schengen Area, then to the whole of the Union.

One of the objectives of this project will be to standardize transport infrastructure constraints for all countries, in order to allow the movement of logistical units, such as tank transports, often blocked by roads that are too narrow or bridges that are too narrow. down. Many journalists and commentators on international Defense news believe that current tensions are leading to a slide towards a second Cold War. It must be recognized that between the rearmament and modernization programs of the American, Russian and Chinese armies, and the warlike rhetoric increasingly used by heads of state, there is little doubt that the West on one side, and Russia, China, Iran, Pakistan (and Turkey) on the other, have entered into a logic of latent conflict.

However, can we speak of a Cold War?

At the end of the 40s, when NATO and then the Warsaw Pact were created, the two blocs were completely opaque to each other: commercial exchanges were reduced to a minimum, as were contacts between people. We are therefore in a very different environment, trade with Russia and especially China being at a very high level, and the number of reciprocal expatriates very high. It is worth remembering that French companies are the leading foreign investors in Russia, where groups like Renault, Auchan and Société Générale have become major players in the country's economy. Conversely, the number of Russian and Chinese tourists is essential for French tourism, especially in the capital.

Likewise, many European countries, including Germany, depend almost entirely on Russian gas. This unprecedented situation creates a context very different from what the Cold War was, and it would be wrong to try to apply the paradigms of that era to guide the decision today.

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