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Vol 51 No 6

Published 19th March 2010

US military calls up Europe

Washington wants the European Union to work with its African military missions, which may be more complicated than it seems

The United States Africa Command (Africom) wants help with its task of promoting stability and fighting terrorism on the continent and hopes to get it from the European Union. On 4 March, an Africom team from its base in Stuttgart travelled to Brussels to meet European ministers and staff of the European Commission Secretariat to discuss how to coordinate their programmes. Military cooperation has to involve arrangements for troops and hardware from individual EU member states (some formerly colonial ones but also others including Poland), backed sometimes by money from the EU’s Cooperation budget.

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