Could Europe Ever Build Its Own Aircraft Carrier?

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The National Interest—David Axe Politics, Europe A capital idea or a pipe dream? Key point: Even if some people would like a European carrier, it is unclear if the political will exists to see it through. A German politician has floated the idea of a European aircraft carrier. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who in 2018 succeeded German chancellor Angela Merkel as the head of Merkel’s governing Christian Democratic Union party, proposed the Euro-carrier in the summer of 2019. Kramp-Karrenbauer’s proposal came in...

Could Russia and China Ever Work Together to Build Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carriers?. David Axe Politics, Asia Doubtful. Key point: Moscow and Beijing may be closer than in previous years, but that doesn't mean the political will and money exists to co-build nuclear-powered carriers. Besides, Russia needs carriers more badly than China and Beijing is quickly learning how to build better and better flattops. China could partner with Russia in order to develop nuclear-powered icebreakers. While the vessels would be useful in their own right, the main benefit could be to help...