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Should the EU have its own army?
An EU army would be economically beneficial for the EU.
NATO requires the EU to integrate its weapon systems with the US, but an EU army independent of the US would not have to meet this requirement. This would allow the EU army to purchase EU manufactured weapon systems, benefiting EU arms manufacturers.
Building a European Army would
both for active troops but also in associated industries.
Military research and spending associated with a European Army would stimulate innovation in related areas such as commercial technology.
An EU army could be used to foster stability in the EU, aiding in its economic interests. Currently, stability is largely fostered by US military protection.
The US army was provided a budget of $700b in
. Armies around the globe required $1.7 trillion in funding in
. Running a military requires monumental expenditure. Such a vast cost is unlikely to be recouped in the benefits provided by a military.
If creating an EU army undermines the Union's stability then this will damage the EU's economic interests.
The creation and use of an EU army in Eastern Europe may antagonise Russia. Considering the EU's
on Russia for gas, retaliation would be economically damaging.
The vast amount of money needed to run an EU Army would be much more useful if invested elsewhere.