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Did you know that there is no EU army?

The EU does not operate an army. Each state retains control over its defenses. The EU member states have, however, committed themselves to a Common Foreign and Security Policy, which includes the Common Security and Defense Policy  (CSDP ) . The CSDP respects the specific security and defence policy of certain member states. 

According to the CSDP, EU member states can jointly send military, police and civilian experts on missions to ensure peace and security, such as  humanitarian and rescue, peace - keeping, crisis management and monitoring missions. Decisions of such operations are made by an unanimous consent of all the member states in the council and participation in the missions is voluntary. 

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