EU aims to con­sol­i­date mil­i­tary

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BRUS­SELS. The EU’s ex­ec­u­tive yes­ter­day threw its sup­port be­hind Franco-Ger­man plans to in­te­grate Europe’s mil­i­taries and de­fence in­dus­tries, of­fer­ing money and co-or­di­na­tion to build up de­pleted forces heav­ily re­liant on the US.

Spurred by Bri­tain’s de­ci­sion to leave the EU, Brus­sels has seized on deeper mil­i­tary ties pro­posed last year by France and Ger­many to show its cit­i­zens the bloc is still rel­e­vant and can pro­vide se­cu­rity in the face of Is­lamist mil­i­tant at­tacks.

“De­fence and se­cu­rity is one of the fields through which we can re-launch the Euro­pean Union,” EU for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini said.

Fail­ings in Europe’s bomb­ing cam­paign in Libya in 2011 and Rus­sia’s 2014 an­nex­a­tion of Crimea have reignited EU de­fence plans that date back to the 1950s.

“This is not about cre­at­ing an EU army,” Euro­pean Com­mis­sion vice-pres­i­dent Jyrki Katainen told re­porters. “Nato does not have a Nato army,” he said, stress­ing that West­ern mil­i­tary al­liances are formed by na­tional forces work­ing to­gether. Reuters

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