Has Brexit catalysed EU defence integration?
Brexit has revived a series of plans for EU defence integration that had long been considered impossible because of the UK’s opposition. Could Brexit act as a catalyst for the creation of the EU army that British Eurosceptics have long feared? Open Europe’s Georgia Bachti argues that we might be closer to that prospect, but it remains distant.
Brexit has made possible a degree of defence cooperation in Europe that was considered taboo under the threat of a veto from the UK, a state traditionally sceptical of the possibility of an EU army. However, a closer look throws into question the credibility of the project and the unity of the Franco-German motor supposedly driving it.
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