European defence ‘weakened’

As US defence cuts and an increasingly assertive China focus US attention closer to home, European defence cuts and previous reliance on US support through NATO are revealing that Europeans “may no longer have the defence capabilities to look after themselves, or their own backyard, without US help.”

And the US may be looking to withdraw half its 80,000 troops from European soil.

So says this report in the FT today:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a00c7478-ece7-11e0-be97-00144feab49a.html

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