All over Europe, budgets are being pared as a new age of austerity takes hold. Defence expenditures are proving to be the easiest of targets. Even in the UK, David Cameron has joined the rush to slash defence spending.
These cuts are coming at a time when European efforts to shoulder a fair share of the western defence burden have been cast in doubt – not least in Afghanistan, where most European countries have limited their participation by insisting on a myriad «caveats» that usually serve to keep their troops far from the most dangerous zones.
Defence cuts are also happening at a time when Europe, for the first time in modern history, has been overtaken by Asia in terms of total defence spending.… Seguir leyendo »