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European Defence Spending Should Be Better Aligned

Dr Nicholas Marsh, Dr Bruno Oliveira Martins, Prof Jocelyn Mawdsley |

As a response to the war in Ukraine, European countries have decided to increase their military spending. But member states and EU institutions are not on the same page about what to do with it. Increased defence spending, in itself, does not automatically translate into higher common EU industrial capacity or defence capabilities. On the contrary: uncoordinated military spending brings different risks, and more effort should be put on policy and strategic alignment.

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