The Spanish media recently took stock of the top ten defense news in Europe and the United States. The Spanish Defense News website published a report entitled "Top Ten International News in the Year of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of NATO" on December 27. At the time of the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO, there were unprecedented differences between Europe and the United States on military issues. When Trump entered the White House, he had the idea of reducing US support for NATO. At the same time, Europe is seeking a new start in defense and has shared its initial expenses for this.
1.EU launches joint defense industry project
In March this year, the European Commission for the first time adopted a set of work plans to jointly invest 500 million euros in joint defense industry projects in 2019 and 2020, and proposed that one fifth of them be used to support R & D of RPAS MALE system.
Subsequently, the European Commission launched the first batch of joint defense industry projects funded by the European Union within the framework of the European Defense Industry Development Plan.
2.U.S. wary of European defense programs
Europe has been consolidating a common military strategy since 2016, a move not welcomed by the Trump administration. When Trump took office two years ago, he issued a stern warning that NATO could even face liquidation if Europe did not assume more defense and reduced its dependence on the United States.
However, after much harder defense efforts, as Trump said, Europe has brought unexpected results to the United States: stronger industrial independence. Finally, Europe agreed to negotiate with the United States on the entry of the US military industry into Europe. Washington's power remains enormous.
Profile picture: Ground display of prototype of "European hollow long-duration drone". (NATO official website)
3.French president diagnoses "NATO brain death"
With Trump's entry into the White House in 2017, differences between Europe and the United States over NATO issues widened and reached a peak in November this year. Specifically, French President Macron said in an interview with The Economist magazine that we are experiencing "brain death in NATO." In response, Trump himself said a few weeks later that Macron's position was "insulting."
4.Airbus threatens Britain with Brexit
The European aviation and defence company said that if the Brexit transition period (December 2020) proceeds as scheduled, it will "reconsider investment in the UK". Airbus believes that the transition period is "too short" to adjust its own supply chain to adapt to the changes brought about by Brexit. Airbus is just one example of the industrial turmoil triggered by the Brexit strategy.