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British Lords Call on Germany to Step Up EU Defense Role

May 03, 2012

Britain’s upper chamber of parliament called on Germany to “pull its weight” in defending the European Union as the U.K. cuts military spending.

“Germany, Europe’s biggest economy and key player in every other area of EU activity, must play a bigger role,” Liberal Democrat peer Lord Robin Teverson said in a statement by the cross-party European Union Committee of the House of Lords published today in London. “It cannot be left to the U.K. and France to continue to carry the burden.”

The U.K. is reducing its defense budget by 8 percent over four years to tackle a 38 billion-pound ($61.5 billion) shortfall. Plans announced in 2010 following a review included the ordering of fewer, cheaper planes for one new aircraft carrier and the possible mothballing of a second, which will carry only helicopters.

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