20 Mar '17, 1pm

European Parliament's Geoffrey Van Orden: EU defense plans could weaken NATO

The threats faced by the Western democracies is increasing and wide-ranging. Europe’s primary strategic concern should be to ensure that the United States remains fully committed to its security, not to establish separate defence structures which deliberately exclude the United States. This plays into the hands of those that wish to see Europe separated from its transatlantic allies. Of course, the European nations need to reassure the USA by pulling their weight, spending more on their defence capabilities, and showing willingness to engage in allied combat operations. The NATO obligation that each NATO ally should spend 2 percent of its GDP on defence is a useful minimum benchmark. EU political ambitions in the defence field are a distraction from the need to revitalise NATO and make the alliance relevant to a full range of security threats — not just territorial defence...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/articles/european-parliaments-...

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