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Poland decides to join EU's PESCO defense project

Poland decides to join EU's PESCO defense project

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini described the signing of PESCO as a "historic moment in European defense".

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said it was important for Europe to begin to stand on its feet when it comes to security and defence - "especially after the election of the US President (Donald Trump)".

Mrs Mogherini said the move would not only complement Nato's security aims but fill in gaps in the Atlantic alliance.

Supporters of the pact say it will not compete with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but rather complement the alliance, which will keep its primary role in defending Europe.

The news comes as Veterans for Britain spokesman David Banks warns that Britain is not only on the hook for European Union spending on defence integration, but actually being entangled in various plans for ad hoc joint headquarters, procurement, research schemes itself.

"The real issue is not how much we spend but the fact we spend in a fragmented manner", she said.

Countries signing up to PESCO will be subject to an annual review to make sure they stick to their commitments - and could be thrown out if they do not.

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Their signatures are a sign of political will but the program will only enter force once it's been legally endorsed, probably in December. The PESCO drive however has revealed strains between Paris and Berlin, with the French pushing for a smaller group of nations committed to ambitious projects and Germany wanting a more inclusive arrangement with as numerous bloc's 27 members - minus Britain - as possible.

Germany wanted as many countries as possible to sign up but wants to keep the focus on more modest schemes.

"The Germans say respect unity and proceed modestly at the start with... all these little projects - they won't help the EU's independent capacity", Mauro told AFP. "It has no chance of working".

Apart from Britain, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland and Malta have yet to decide whether to join the pact.

British foreign minister Boris Johnson said that even though it was not taking part, the United Kingdom saw promise in PESCO and pledged to be "supportive".

Under PESCO, EU countries will commit to increase military spending, but not to specifically adhere to NATO's bottom line of moving towards 2 percent of gross domestic product for defense budgets by 2020.

European Union officials have identified defense as an area where they have made progress on multiple fronts since Britain voted to leave.


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