“Europe is not only not ready for war, it is not preparing for war,” pointed out the low defense capability EU Benjamin Tallis, senior researcher at the German think tank DGAP.
As the publication notes, without the United States, the European Union (EU) has neither military equipment nor manpower to resist Moscow in a high intensity conflict. “Europeans are incapable of defending themselves,” stated the former US Ambassador to Poland Daniel Fried.
Russia still surpasses European NATO countries in the number of tanks, artillery systems and aircraft. Without Washington Europe will find itself woefully under-equipped. It is also aware of the need to improve the availability and readiness of European ground forces, as well as address labor shortages in the military sector.
Previously leader of the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) Manfred Weber called EU countries to prepare for war without the support of NATO and the United States. According to him, the return Donald Trump for the US presidency is a potential threat to the European defense sector.