[source] Modern French nuclear submarine.
The cancelled submarine deal Australia had with France, offers an excellent opportunity to finally get serious about EU defense. Under the guise of European lip service to increase its defense budget and share a larger NATO burden, Europe can begin to set up a nuclear strike force of its own and expand the existing European military industrial complex, anticipating a reduced American role in the near future. Somebody needs to contain China in the 21st century.
Order 10 nuclear-powered submarines from France, with 200 or so ICBMs. The EU commission has announced with wants to be “more geopolitical”. Well, this is an excellent opportunity to do so. And don’t listen to Anglo objections. Since North-Stream 2 we can do what we want anyway.