Western European Union

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Western European Union

Also called the WEU. An international organization dedicated to mutual defense of member states. It was established in 1948 at the outset of the Cold War and was intended to counteract the Soviet bloc. The WEU's operations were gradually taken over by the European Union beginning the 1990s. The WEU treaty was abolished in 2010.
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Meetings have taken place of the national armaments directors of the Western European Armaments Group (also including the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for the first time), to progress co-operation and harmonisation in arms research, production and procurement, and to reflect on its future development, including the development of the planned European Armaments Agency by 2002.
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