EU to beef up defense capabilities with ‘Strategic Compass’
23 March 2022 | 4:02 pm
At a summit on Thursday, the EU is to release its concept to bolster security and defense policy. It will include plans for a defense force but not one that competes with NATO, says DW's Bernd Riegert in Brussels.
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