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Italy impulse creation of a “European Defence force” .

Eurocorps soldiers. Italy called for "fiscal" incentives for the proto-EU force (Photo credit : europarl.europa.eu)

Eurocorps soldiers. Italy called for “fiscal” incentives for the proto-EU force (Photo credit : europarl.europa.eu)

Italy has laid out plans for the creation of a “European force” that goes beyond Franco-German proposals on defence integration.

It said in an informal paper, seen by EUobserver, ahead of a Defence ministers’ meeting in Bratislava on Tuesday (27 September) that the EU should create a “powerful and usable European Force that can also be employed in support to Nato or UN operations”. Read article here