EU leaders pledge to cooperate more closely on defence

The 27 leaders of the European Union want to sign off a new shared defence strategy early next year as part of a push to improve security cooperation, European Council President Charles Michel said. “We want to increase defence investment, and we want to enhance civilian and military capabilities and operational readiness,” Michel told the press after a leaders’ videoconference on Friday. The EU has been trying to coordinate more closely on security matters in recent years, for example with plans to jointly fund defence development projects. The overarching aim is greater strategic autonomy, a…

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