Allied officials are increasingly worried about the risks of strategic divergence, industrial protectionism, and incompatibility of capabilities between the European Union and NATO as the former prepares to enter the field of defence research and development and capability development starting in 2019. The allies want assurances that these risks will be averted.
“There are countries who are not members of the EU who have a huge interest in knowing what exactly is going on in the EU,” a diplomatic source from a major NATO country told reporters on the eve of a 14–15 February meeting of allied defence ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
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