Alfred Sant | Malta should stay away from deeper European defence cooperation

The “imminent” departure of the UK from the European Union triggered initiatives to ramp up a common security and defence policy for Europe.

In the past the British had frowned on such ideas, arguing that European defence needed to remain embedded in NATO, period. Brexit gave EU defence proposals a new impetus.

France had always been at the forefront to promote a European defence policy, with Germany attentive but cool. As the Union enlarged to twenty eight...