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There's an interesting, if long, paper on that topic. The paper specifically focuses on the Netherlands, but a lot of the arguments are applicable to other modern welfare countries. The authors conclude that: The Netherlands has seen few, if any crisis events that would cause wealth redistribution on a major scale (wars, massive financial crashes) since ...


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For this admittedly older OECD page: Inequality of disposable income in the Netherlands is relatively low from international perspective, with a Gini coefficient of 0.28 in 2013, compared with 0.32for the OECD average. Income inequality increased between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s but declined thereafter, also during the years of the recent crisis. The ...


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Because those countries receiving the help are not "democratic" according to European standards, they are comparatively unstable and have a bad track record on human rights. Just reread the article you already linked, and for each country that is named which received military aid, read about its human rights situation, state of its democracy, etc..


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Military cooperation with foreign countries means taking control of foreign policy. Single countries can, because foreign policy is still in their hands. At the EU level the agreements on this part are still weak and there is a limit to what the EU institutions are allowed to do. The European Union started as an economic union, the first treaties founded ...


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The short answer is that previous to the European Peace Facility the EU (as a whole, rather than individual countries) couldn't provide large scale military support to its partners outside Africa because of accounting. While there are a number of mechanisms for the EU to raise funds, the original treaties didn't provide a way for the core EU budget to be ...


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The question is based on failing to understand nuance between position on more nationalist right (something like calling social democrats as Marxists for purpose of political struggle and later wondering why those "Marxists" don't seem to be interested in collectivizing means of production) America first, at most would be a civnat (civic ...


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