The EU has long been dependent on the United States’ support in military affairs. Now, 23 armies of the European Union are coming together to form a unified front, joining their militaries in several different ways: financially, with tech and weapons development, and the mechanisms through which they deploy their forces. The member states are expected to act in unison from now on, all under the banner of PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defense). The countries involved are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. The separation of the UK from the EU has allegedly sped up this process.
The details are still coming out, but the idea that this is some ultra-army is likely sensationalism. These countries are now bound together in military force, sure, but practically integrating militaries to function together as a singular machine takes more than finally signing the paperwork. With that said, they can now work in conjunction with one another to accomplish goals–a significant advantage when you’re talking about multiple neighboring countries working together for the same ends.
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