DEFENSE COOPERATION

E.U. Establishes Military Command Center

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Just don’t call it a headquarters.

The European Union has established a command center in Brussels to coordinate the bloc’s foreign military deployments in Mali, Somalia and the Central African Republic.

“We have a European command center on the way,” German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in Brussels on Monday.

The European Union has long sought to deepen military coordination within the bloc, but has faced resistance from Britain and some Eastern European countries, who are skeptical of setting up European command structures that run parallel to the trans-Atlantic NATO alliance.

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