The potential political acceptance of tax rises to fund the NHS is beginning to influence the debate on defence spending. Will this provide the impetus to defeat those political leaders who want to abet the decline in British military power?
British Prime Minister Theresa May has allegedly refused to pledge that Britain will be a ‘Tier One’ military power in the future, after media reports hinted at tensions with her defence secretary over the future resources of the armed forces. RUSI’s Deputy Director-General attempts to decipher what this discussion on ‘tiers’ means.
The results of public opinion surveys in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary indicate that perceptions among these Central European countries towards European cooperation and collective identity are complex. Countries in the region cannot all be painted with the same brush.
Italy’s new government, devoted to nursing the economy back to health and reliant on far-right populist parties, may be tempted to curtail the country’s active foreign military missions. It should resist this temptation, for such missions give Italy an international profile and standing that far outweighs the costs involved.
The announcement by the Ministry of Defence of a forthcoming Defence Space Strategy paper shows recognition of the threats posed to the UK’s space-enabled military capabilities. The question is how much the strategy will add to understanding the UK’s role as a space power.
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which is best known as Britain’s tax collection agency, is also in the forefront of the fight against money laundering. However, its efforts are not always amenable to public scrutiny.