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Science|Business: Commission confirms the aim of new EU military R&D programme is to develop home-grown weapons


Internet news service Science|Business reports on the new EU military R&D programme (

"The Commission’s plans faced resistance from Sabine Lösing, a German far-left MEP who said, “I don’t think we can accept an industry-led programme”.

Universities may agree. Already, many are split on whether to allow their researchers to accept grants to make weapons.

“There was not a single representative of civil society or peace groups in the Commission’s group of personalities,” Lösing noted.

The advisory body included the CEOs of industry giants Airbus, Indra and BAE Systems, policymakers, think tank members and the president of Germany’s Fraunhofer research institutes."

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