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European ‘go-it-alone’ defence approach a major weakness, report says

9th December 2013 - 16:11 GMT | by Joyce de Thouars in London


In the run-up to the European Council meeting on defence, a report from the EU Parliament has highlighted the costs resulting from the lack of European integration in this area. 

The report ‘Cost of non-Europe’, released on 5 December, stated that operating at a national rather than European level is leading to costs of between €130 billion at the higher end to at least €26 billion per year, depending on how the costs are tallied.

Higher costs are a result of a lack of integration of EU member states’ military structures. 

‘The go-it-alone approach is a source of weakness, and

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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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