MAASTRICHT, Netherlands – The chief of the European Union's executive branch wants to streamline defense industries in member states to make them more efficient and less dependent on U.S. military protection.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that even before Donald Trump's election as new president, the United States had made clear it expects NATO members in Europe to beef up their own defenses.
Speaking at a conference marking the 25th anniversary of the treaty that created the EU, Juncker said he thinks the best way to accomplish that would be a standardized defense industry.
Juncker said: "We have in Europe 174 kinds of weapons" when "one European helicopter and one European tank would be enough."
Defense issues will be a key topic at next week's EU summit.