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EU defence R&D promises questioned


Institutions are pledging more funding, but experts predict usual reluctance for joint action

EU institutions have pledged increases for joint spending on defence R&D in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but experts are sceptical that member states’ long practice of keeping a tight grip on defence matters will change.

Russia’s struggle to overcome Ukrainian resistance might already be reducing EU member states’ motivation for increased spending, some suggest.

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