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Common defence policy: Can European armies unite?

Meeting in Brussels for their end-of-year summit, EU leaders focused on defence and security policies, an issue long overshadowed by the bloc's battle against the euro crisis. But the French-led interventions in African states in recent months have revealed the lack of a clear common European defence policy. How can Europeans better co-ordinate their 28 individual armies and boost their military capabilities? Is there a real desire to create a single European army?

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Maria Eleni KOPPA

Greek MEP, Socialists and Democrats

Geoffrey VAN ORDEN

British MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists

Tim KING

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2017-09-20 referendum

'The door is open for dialogue with Madrid,' says Carles Puigdemont

Carles Puigdemont is president of Spain’s Catalonia region. As national authorities crack down on the region’s preparations for an October 1 independence referendum that Madrid...

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2017-09-16 German politics

German elections: Top MEP 'concerned' as populists rise in polls

We meet the German MEP who heads the biggest group in the European Parliament. Manfred Weber is chair of the centre-right European People's Party and is also a top member of the...

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2017-09-16 Germany

Four more years for Angela Merkel?

Germany is a nation at the heart of Europe politically, geographically and historically - and one that's about to hold a key nationwide election. Chancellor Merkel has a strong...

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2017-09-09 Ukraine

EU enlargement commissioner says bloc's soft power works

The European Commissioner in charge of Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, says visa-free travel for Ukrainians is a good example of EU soft power working....

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2017-09-09 Poland

East vs West? Lifting Europe's 'new iron curtain'

"All for one and one for all" - the famous motto of the Musketeers was supposed to apply to the 28 countries that make up the European Union too. But in recent months some major...

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