Are proposals for EU nuclear weapons realistic?

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Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute, said: "No. In desperate circumstances, it is possible to imagine individual EU member states breaking their NPT obligations, building their own nuclear arsenals and then ‘assigning’ them to the EU. But these weapons would remain ultimately under national control. For the EU to develop its own nuclear weapons, it would have to become much more like a sovereign state than it is ever likely to be. Until then, France will likely remain the only EU state with its own nuclear arsenal, and will resist any attempt to circumscribe its sovereign right to use this force as it sees appropriate."