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A word of advice: buy US

(BRUSSELS2) The European summit convened at the end of the year with the "common European security and defense policy" as the main subject has so far proved to be frugal. To read the various notes prepared, we do not concoct large ambitious projects, but rather a patchwork of projects. And for good reason, everyone has, for the moment, opted for "withdrawal" or one and not sharing in a multinational. The "buy Europe" seems a bit distant even if everyone has in sight the safeguard of its defense industry and its jobs. But no one is thinking strongly of defending a common option, making it possible to safeguard jobs together. Faced with this lack of options, there is a risk of imposing only one option: that of buying US by negotiating with the American supplier, the best price and the best possible results. The products are available, they are offered (at least in the short term) at the cheapest price, and the offer is "friendly"; the United States being the allies of the Europeans within the Atlantic Alliance. Why bother then... (NGV)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).