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The EU president calls on member states to develop defense capabilities without U.S. support

The CEO of the European Union called on member states to develop their defense capabilities without the support of the United States. This call was made after the Taliban’s recent occupation of Afghanistan.

The European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made the remarks a month after the rapid collapse of the Afghan army and the chaotic withdrawal of thousands of people who fled the country after the Taliban occupied Kabul.

In his annual State of the Union address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Von der Lein said: “Europe can and obviously should be able and willing to do more on its own.”

Former German Defense Minister von der Leyen said: “Until now, it is not only the lack of capacity that hinders our progress, but also the lack of political will.” The world.

She called on the EU to establish a “defense alliance”, a development that would complement the EU’s traditional soft power approach.

The President of the European Union has proposed tax incentives to encourage the development and sale of weapons within the European Union, improve intelligence sharing programs and strengthen defenses against cyber attacks.

The proposal to establish a 5,000-member force was first proposed in May during the review of the EU’s overall strategy. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borel said at the meeting that he hopes a plan can be finalized by November.

The EU currently has a combat force system that can be deployed to turbulent areas, but it has never been used.

Some of the information in this report is provided by the Associated Press and Reuters.


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