After Trump election, EU ministers agree new defence plan

Under proposals agreed by EU member states, the bloc could send rapid response forces abroad for the first time. But plans for a European military headquarters or an EU army were played down.

The plan, set out by EU defence and foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, could allow the bloc to send forces to stabilize a crisis before United Nations peace keepers can take over, EU officials said.

The proposals, which were drafted by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, based on Franco-German recommendations, also cement a bloc-wide willingness to act militarily without the US, if appropriate.

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