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EU shifting to WAR ECONOMY mode in bid to boost arms industry
By Ethan Huff // Mar 13, 2024

To keep failing Western economies afloat, the European Commission (EC) wants to shift Europe into "war economy mode," which will boost the arms industry to keep corporate profits flowing.

In a proposal to European Union (EU) leaders, European industry commissioner Thierry Breton laid out a plan to buy more weapons from European arms manufacturers to help boost their production capacity and the commerce involved with their sale and transfer.

"We need to change the paradigm and move into war economy mode," Breton said about the plan. "This also means that the European defense industry must take more risks, with our support."

A French former tech company CEO, Breton warned that another possible Donald Trump win for United States president this fall could result in Washington no longer cooperating with the NATO agenda, which would leave Europe hanging in the mix for self-defense.

"In the current geopolitical context, Europe must take greater responsibility for its own security, regardless of the outcome of our allies' elections every four years," Breton then said, arguing for his plan's implementation regardless of who gets elected in November.

(Related: Did you hear? Deep state war hawk Victoria Nuland quit her post this week amid failing pro-Ukraine agenda.)

War for profit

It is common for the powers that be to start beating the war drums every time their corrupt economies start to falter, and the latest conflicts between Ukraine and Russia, and between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors, are no exception.

Starting another war is an easy way for the world's billionaire class to protect their ill-gotten assets while transferring even more wealth and power into their coffers. This is typically the reason for war in general, as evidenced by this latest call to boost Europe's arms industry for another economic quick fix.

Europe realized after Russia invaded Ukraine that it has almost no proper defenses, or at least that is what those pushing for these changes are claiming. Having to constantly shell out large amounts of weapons and ammunition to the Zelensky regime in Kiev on demand has proven too difficult to sustain.

In order for the proposal to pass, the EU's 27 national governments would have to agree on it. This seems unlikely as said governments are usually reluctant to give up power for matters relating to defense and the military.

NATO is said to be studying the proposal to see if it fits its agenda, adding that it welcomes the attempt and effort to produce more weapons and ammunition production capacity. At the same time, NATO says it worries that the plan will interfere with its existing transatlantic agenda.

If Breton's package passes, it will include about 1.5 billion euros ($1.63 billion) in new funding for Europe's arms industry through the end of 2027. In the grand scheme of things on the world stage, this is a relatively modest sum of cash.

Breton is also asking for the creation of a new EU fund of 100 billion euros to be used for various defense projects.

"Our mission here is to treat Ukraine as almost equivalent to a member state," one EU official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity, about how the Zelensky regime is to be given special treatment as an EU member state, even though it is not.

It will be some time before a final decision is made on Breton's proposal. There is an upcoming European Parliament election in June, which will mean the appointment of a whole new EC with possibly a different agenda than the current installment.

"If the question is that of a Defense Industry Commissioner, it seems to me that we already have one," commented EC President Ursula von der Leyen.

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