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EMBARGOED UNTIL: 00:01, Tuesday 17 December 2013 (GMT)

In the midst of a major crisis in Ukraine, European heads of state meet on 19-20 December to discuss EU defence policy. This is welcome, but the Summit’s focus on European capabilities and procurement will come at the expense of little or no discussion of the evident deep political and security divisions within Europe itself.

In a joint statement, 70 senior European politicians, military figures and diplomats drawn from across the continent and across the political spectrum, argue this is a major missed opportunity.

The group, coordinated through the European Leadership Network (ELN), notes that across the entire Euro-Atlantic region today, dangerously out of date Cold War security policies, weapon systems and military postures...

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