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For many years, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, better known as NATO, has provided Europe, the US and Canada with the combined strength and security against any perceived threat coming from the former Soviet Union and her allies. NATO, as it was during those days, was a sound solution to a combined problem, the problem being that the Soviet Union had ambitions to expand its influence into Western Europe through the Warsaw Pact as well as it in fact did worldwide.
NATO, the other hand, expanded but fundamentally remained the same in terms of its mission statement. Essentially, NATO, as it currently is constituted, has outlived its usefulness requiring a new all-European approach to defence issues.
All is certainly not well within NATO. There is now an increasing notion through
The suggestion is to wind-up NATO and replace it with a structure along EU-Defence lines, comprising all 27 EU countries. The prime function of EU-Defence would be to provide unified defence mechanism, structures, equipment and other defence processes for the defence of
While EU countries would be free to participate in any alliance with the
In terms of defence spending, EU Defence would be able to assist manufacturers in developing European defence systems and equipment as to enhance European capabilities in terms of the development, production and operation of European-made weapon systems as a main priority. Common development and deployment of defence systems throughout the EU are economically beneficial for all EU countries.
In overall terms, NATO, perhaps in a modified form, could still have been a viable tool to provide unified defence capabilities of
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