Cutbacks take their toll on European armies

Press quote (NRC Handelsblad)
Clara Marina O'Donnell
09 April 2010

"It is clear that the financial crisis and the cutbacks have forced countries to ask themselves some difficult questions," said Clara O'Donnell, a defence specialist with the Centre for European Reform. "Should they specialise themselves? Should they cooperate?" ... "Until recently, the UK was able to maintain armed forces that were prepared for all tasks imaginable," O'Donnell said. "Now the financial problem has become so pressing that people have to face up to the fact some tasks may have to be abandoned altogether. A decrease in the number of aircraft carriers is a real option now, as is reducing nuclear force. In the past, these things were never up for debate."