EU unveils defence action plan amid Trump criticism
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BRUSSELS — The European Union unveiled plans Wednesday to promote
The European Commission said the multibillion-euro plan would fund research into areas like encrypted software or robotics and boost investment in joint projects across member states such as drones or helicopters.
It also aims to ease rules restricting
"Our member states cannot afford to protect their citizens without deeper and better
The commission says EU countries have cut
The new plan could see security and
Any national contribution to it could be taken into account when the EU assesses whether countries are respecting the bloc's budget deficit rules.
The plan is to be debated with industry and submitted to EU leaders for discussion at their summit on Dec. 15-16.
Twenty-two EU countries are also members of NATO. Only four of them spend NATO's agreed upon target of 2.0
Trump suggested during campaigning that he might not defend allies that aren't pulling their weight. His campaign rhetoric rattled members of the EU and NATO worried about his relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and an increasingly belligerent Moscow.