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Safety first: Does this mean more or less weapons?

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We can’t foresee the future, but things are changing fast. We feel increasingly insecure due to possible threats by state or non-state actors, wars, terrorism or personal attacks. For some, restoring security means the creation of a European Defence Union. For other, it signifies a need for stricter arms control or even the total elimination of weapons.

 

What should we use our defence budgets for?

How can the EU balance defending its freedom and way of life, while not proliferating violence?

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Bella
04 March 2021
I think the best way to reduce threats and have security is to focus on how threats arise in the first place. This will allow us to decide where security measures are needed. By making weapons it will only increase the threat of their use and encourages countries outside of the EU to increase their weaponry stock as well. By removing the threat of the use of weaponry it can lead to disputes being solved by more peaceful means.
Tanya
30 September 2019
Test the 'safety first' form translated
Dimitar Bozov
08 August 2019
A common European Army is the answer to the problem. If all the EU states pull the expenses that they are currently making in one common budget we would be able to have a more comprehensive defense program. Europe faces threats on two main fronts: the East and the South. What is more that will bring together all the EU states. Because let us face it we face common threats. A common army is going to help endorse common European identity. In addition, purchasing military technology can be done from European producers thus further enhancing the European industry.