Germany eyes EU defence union without Britain

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German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen attends a news conference in Berlin, Germany, July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

 

BERLIN: Germany and France want to forge closer defence cooperation in the European Union following the departure of Britain, which has “paralysed” such initiatives in the past, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

Presenting a report on German security policy, von der Leyen said Germany and France would lead talks with other countries to assess their appetite for common projects and with the long-term aim of moving toward a common security and defence union. Continue reading