European defense has two problems: The defense spending is much lower than in the US. And in addition, the money is not used as efficiently as in the US, because each EU country has its own military with its own equipment. Therefore, I am pleasantly surprised to read in The Sunday Times (HT: Zyme):
Two hundred years after the battle of Trafalgar, the [British] navy could end up sharing the pride of its fleet with the French. Driven by spiralling budgets, the two navies began talks last week aimed at sharing their aircraft carriers.
And of course it is always wonderful to see former enemies working that closely together now. In the next century, Iran and the US might share an aircraft carrier -- or space ship. ;-)
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