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Europe rethinks defence spending cuts after Ukraine

17th April 2014 - 16:17 GMT | by Joyce de Thouars in London


The crisis in Ukraine highlights the urgency to increase defence spending and cooperation between European nations, defence ministers have argued.

Maciej Popowski, deputy secretary general for the European External Action Service, said at the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 15 April that Europe needs ‘to get real about defence spending and cooperation such as pooling and sharing’.

‘The crisis is a wake-up call,’ said NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen. ‘We have to stop the cuts to our defence budgets,’ he added.

Analysts have suggested that the currents events in Ukraine also show that there is still a requirement for

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Joyce de Thouars


Joyce de Thouars

Joyce holds a MA degree in Middle Eastern Studies from King’s College London. Before she …

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