Euractiv | Finland’s Stubb wants to better structure EU and NATO defence tasks

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Eastern and Nordic EU members have traditionally called on the EU and NATO to avoid duplication in tasks, but instead be complementarity. Some countries see the EU taking up a larger role in defence policy as a threat to NATO, which could hurt their relationship with the US and cause them to lose American protection.

Speaking in Brussels as newly sworn-in Finnish president, in charge of foreign and defence policy, and a new member of NATO, Stubb described how he saw the division of labour between the EU and the Western military alliance at a Friends of Europe event.

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