The European Constitution has a range of militarist provisions which could serve to strengthen the already powerful military forces within EU states, and the constitution includes a plan for a Europe-wide military force.
The militarisation of Europe is being widely opposed by grassroots activists throughout Europe. On Saturday 5 March 2005, a conference in Manchester will examine and oppose the growing militarism and nuclearism in Europe.
The conference, “A Europe for Peace” is expected to strengthen ties between various anti-militarist campaigns and help build a useful strategy for opposition to the militarisation of Europe.
On 12 March the World Disarmament Campaign will also hold an event on this theme, entitled “Europe - A Force for Peace? Military Power versus Soft Power”. See details on p2.