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Should the EU have its own army?
The political will to finance an EU standing army does not exist.
Many EU member states currently don't meet their military spending obligations to NATO.
Without Britain's military capacity, the EU would
need to invest
in substantial equipment and personnel to meet current shortfalls.
The German Defence Minister has estimated that the budget increase for 2019 should have been
five times higher
to meet current defence needs.
The European Defence Fund is set to reach
Between 2021 and 2027 the EU aims to invest
in defence research, development and equipment.
Creating a common EU Army might reduce the overall cost of defending Europe, because countries would stop duplicating one another's military capacities.