Poland's MASSIVE military build-up!
Published on Nov 1, 2021
Poland has announced that it will field the largest military in Europe outside of Russia and Turkey.
Poland already spends more than the NATO 2% defence threshold and yet is seeking to double its standing army from 110,000 up to 250,000 soldiers. This clearly has multiple aims in mind - defend against Belarus and Russia, impress the Americans, and also convince the Polish people it doesn't need the EU to be secure.
This last point is particularly relevant given the ongoing disputes the Polish government is having with the European Union. Crispin argues that part of the motivation for this massive arms build up is to give the Polish people more confidence that they can disagree with Brussels and still preserve their national security.
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