Wall Street Journal: EU Defense Ministers Discuss Deeper Military Cooperation
Initiative to improve security ties aimed at strengthening regional unity
European Union defense ministers on Tuesday discussed proposals for increased military cooperation amid concern by Britain and some Eastern European governments that such collaboration could undermine the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and duplicate the alliance’s work.
The proposals debated by the ministers, who met in the Slovak capital Bratislava, are part of a push by European officials and diplomats to strengthen European ties after Britain’s vote in June to leave the bloc.
Europe is also under pressure from the U.S. to step up its military spending, with the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, again pressing Europe Monday evening to shoulder more of the burden of its own defense.
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