On May 12, the Visegrad Group (Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary) announced the formation of a “battlegroup” under the command of Poland. The battlegroup would be in place by 2016 as an independent force and would not be part of NATO command. In addition, starting in 2013, the four countries would begin military exercises together under the auspices of the NATO Response Force.
This is interesting as it expresses the views held in these countries that the European Rapid Reaction Force, NATO and the US are not interested enough in them to defend them. It expresses a fragmentation of European foreign security policy.