Merkel: EU defense means dropping NATO-era barriers to cross-border industrial cooperation

Merkel: EU defense means dropping NATO-era barriers to cross-border industrial cooperation
Angela Merkel (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Although Merkel doesn’t seem to have put in exactly these terms, it’s what her point implies. Germany and France have been NATO allies for decades, and competition rather than R&D/manufacturing cooperation was good enough then. Now, for EU purposes, it’s no longer sustainable, and must be “compromised” on. Speaks volumes.]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday the European Union must deepen cooperation in defense and in particular weapons systems development, warning Germans that they may need to make compromises on strict export controls. …

In a speech to her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in the northern city of Rostock, Merkel said: “It is good that after several decades we want to develop a common defense policy … We must develop weapons systems together,” adding Europe had many more systems than the United States.

Arguing that EU countries should not compete among themselves for new projects and fighter planes but develop products together, she said there would be a need to compromise on export rules.

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