Since it first popped out of the Commission's hat, the European Defence Fund has been a constant source of concern. The questions it raises are many, and often take an ethical turn. The resulting answers are therefore rather clear-cut: they tend to be enthusiastic or disgusted, depending on opinions. They are rarely nuanced.
This article aims to focus in particular on the matter of the relevance of the Fund as a EU competence. Is the process of integrating the Old Continent finally ready to extend to the defence sector, or are we in reality facing a cover-up that is intended to finance military industries and policies that will ultimately continue to operate on the basis of purely national logic? Will the Community budget be put at the service of the European ideal or of the "gun merchants"? An analysis of the Fund's governance system can help us understand.
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