Does the European Union need its own army? Afghanistan withdrawal revives an old debate.

The document, to be published next year, will be the first test of how serious E.U. leaders are about strengthening their defense strategy, said Georgina Wright, head of the Europe program at Institut Montaigne. Officials will use it to assess their military capabilities and discuss how best to pool their resources, she said, and it’s likely to include an array of proposals, from cybersecurity to space operations. An E.U. army, however, is likely “a long way off.”


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