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European Union approves new military HQ

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    Mogherini, who has pushed hard for the EU to take on an increased military role, said foreign and defence ministers of the 28 member states “unanimously” backed the project.

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    French President Francois Hollande greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to their meeting at the Versailles castle near Paris

    The facility will initially run three operations — civil-military training missions in Mali, the Central African Republic and Somalia — which do not involve the use of force, other than in self-defence.

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    French President Francois Hollande leads with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni

    The EU has also mounted Operation Sophia in the central Mediterranean, which can use force to stop migrant smugglers, and Operation Atalanta, part of international anti-piracy forces off the Horn of Africa.

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