EU to aim for rapid deployment force without U.S. assets by 2025, document says

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By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Union is considering a joint military force of up to 5,000 troops by 2025 to intervene in a range of crises and without relying on the United States, according to a draft plan. The “EU Rapid Deployment Capacity” should be made up of land, sea and air components that could be swapped in and out of any standing force, depending on the crisis, according to the confidential 28-page document dated Nov. 9 and seen by Reuters. EU foreign and defence ministers began debating the plan on Monday evening in Brussels and continued on Tuesday, aiming to sett…

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