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EU must not let US push it to increase military spending – Juncker

Europe mustn’t be pushed by the US to increase its military spending, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said. Modern politics is also about humanitarian assistance and development, not only “raising defence spending,” he added.

“It [increasing military spending] has been the American message for many, many years. I am very much against letting ourselves be pushed into this,”Juncker said, speaking on the sidelines of the international Munich Security Conference on Wednesday.

 

Juncker added that he does not like “our American friends narrowing down this concept of security to the military.”

According to the EC president, a “modern stability policy” is made up of several parts.

“If you look at what Europe is doing in defence, plus development aid, plus humanitarian aid, the comparison with the United States looks rather different. Modern politics cannot just be about raising defence spending,” he said.

“Europeans must bundle their defence spending better and spend the money more efficiently,” he added

 

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