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Defence procurement is an unsexy phrase for an unsexy idea. Despite this, the issue of increased integration in the area of defence is frequently in the news nowadays. France and Britain are exploring bilateral military cooperation, NATO pushing its European allies to procure more drones and the Commission and the Parliament have both advocated more defence integration, with the Parliament advocating an EU defence force ‘under Union command.’ These plans are apparently saying very similar things but are actually opposing proposals for the same policy space; This is part of a 21st century battle-royale to define not just Europe but the wider western world.
Is that a hyperbole? Maybe, but let’s take a look at the issue. Essentially we have three competing powers competing for the sphere of primacy in Europe. We have Anglo-Franco cooperation. We have the Americans and NATO and we have the EU.
Traditionally, France and Britain have been […]

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