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Europe Wants to Build a Stronger Defense Industry, but Can't Decide How

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France and Germany have agreed to collaborate on the development of a new multibillion-dollar battlefield tank. The German defense minister praised the agreement as a significant breakthrough. The project, known as the Main Combat Ground System, had faced delays due to political disputes and industrial competition. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted Europe to reassess its military spending and production capabilities. However, Europe’s efforts are hindered by political and logistical challenges, as each NATO member controls its own defense procurement process. This fragmentation complicates the establishment of a coordinated and efficient military machine.