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Next year will mark 10 years since the battlegroups became fully operational, but they have never been deployed. (Photo: Markus Rauchenberger/defenseimagery.mil)

The EU needs to make itself battle-ready

A week before Christmas, EU heads of state and government are set to discuss security and defence at their regular European Council meeting in Brussels. It may not be a typical pre-holiday topic, but its urgency makes us focus on it even in the time of family gatherings and last-minute Christmas shopping.

After all, this should be a time of peace, which is exactly the objective of the upcoming discussion.

The European Union is by all accounts the strongest global player in the sof...

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Next year will mark 10 years since the battlegroups became fully operational, but they have never been deployed. (Photo: Markus Rauchenberger/defenseimagery.mil)

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