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EU nations create alternative to Nato with new defence pact

Discussion in 'Europe & Russia' started by Zer0reZ, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. Zer0reZ

    Zer0reZ 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

    Jun 10, 2017
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    Creating a medical evacuation and field hospital unit will be one of the first joint projects for 23 European Union countries that have signed up to a new post-Brexit defence pact.

    Federalists and countries such as Germany regard the decision to begin integrated military planning, weapons development, possible joint operations and a €5 billion defence fund as the first step to an EU army.

    Ursula von der Leyen, the German defence minister, said “permanent structured co-operation”, known as Pesco, would be an EU insurance policy as an alternative to Nato, after Donald Trump’s election raised fears of American isolationism.


    'Non-Aligned' Sweden Joins Fledgling European Military Alliance

    Sweden, which has remained neutral for about two centuries, is now gradually phasing out its non-alignment. By joining the newly-founded European military alliance Pesco, Sweden has taken yet another step in this direction.

    "This has nothing to do with the EU army or any defense organization. This is merely a collaboration that deals with concrete projects where different countries contribute in order to add competence to each other's defense forces," Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist commented.

    However, the EU Commission's document on Pesco from 2015 indicated that the military alliance is aimed at being a counterweight to China, Russia and Saudi Arabia amid shrinking military budgets across the EU.
  2. BMD


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    I wonder if we can draw any conclusions from the fact they've chosen to set up a field hospital unit first.
    Echo_419 likes this.

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