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The Brief from Brussels

In this episode we examine the issues facing British voters ahead of the country's general election and the EU's plans to boost the bloc's military and defence strategy.

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Security tops UK election agenda

Tensions are running high in the United Kingdom as the country goes to the polls on Thursday. Six weeks ago, it looked set to be a no-contest for Prime Minister Theresa May but her campaign has suffered from a series of self-inflicted setbacks.

Two terrible terrorist attacks also pushed security to the forefront and increased scrutiny on May’s previous role as Home Secretary. The Brief talks to Politico’s senior EU correspondent Ryan Heath.

Military muscle

For the first time ever, the European Commission wants to integrate the bloc’s military and defence industries. It’s launched a multi-billion euro scheme to fund research and development and also to coordinate the build-up of depleted forces in the face of new threats.