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French soldiers in Mali - EU wants battlegroups to stymie future crises in the region (Photo: defense.gouv.fr)

Joint defence and Africa on EU agenda This WEEK

The EU’s common defence policy and events in Africa and the Middle East will dominate member states’ discussions this week.

Foreign ministers will, on Monday (15 May), debate plans to create a new HQ in Brussels for EU military training missions overseas and to prepare joint “battlegroups” for future intervention in north Africa and the Middle east.

Defence ministers will return to the topic in greater detail on Wednesday together with Nato head Jens Stoltenberg.

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

French soldiers in Mali - EU wants battlegroups to stymie future crises in the region (Photo: defense.gouv.fr)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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