Germany's Merkel calls for creation of an European Union army

Lester Mason
November 15, 2018

Merkel told the European Parliament such an army would not undermine the USA -led military alliance North Atlantic Treaty Organisation but would be complementary to it, remarks that were met with loud applause in the legislature though also with boos from nationalist members.

France's head of state, Emmanuel Macron had spoken last week of his desire for a "real European army" for the independence of the United States.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the European Parliament in Strasbourg on November 13 that Europe needs its own army.

Speaking yesterday, a commission spokesperson tried to attribute credit for the idea to Mr Juncker, noting he had previously endorsed such a force.

Solid growth - the economy is in its ninth year of expansion - has left many businesses too busy meeting orders to have time to plan for a digital future.

US President Donald Trump has attacked his French counterpart in a series of tweets that underscored how much the once-friendly ties between the two leaders have soured, days after returning from Paris.

"Europe must take our fate into our own hands if we want to protect our community", Merkel said.


"But what we should do, and this is really important if we look at the developments of the past year, we have to work on the vision of one day creating a real, true European army". "Europe and its security". Trump wrote in a series of tweets, ending with "MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!" They were starting to learn German in Paris before the USA came along.

Express.co.uk understands Mrs Merkel has been largely uninterested during recent Brexit debates with her fellow European Union leaders.

Inadequate investment, a skills deficit and lack of digital innovation are problems in Germany, people in the sector say.

At the time, the United Kingdom government said it would veto the policy but Brexit means the bloc can push ahead with the policy from next year.

Although the topic of a common European defence framework has been discussed for years and some joint European defence units already exist - a Franco-German brigade, for instance, was present at the recent centennial Paris commemorations of the end of World War I in Paris - most European leaders usually deny that their objective is to create a full-fledged European army.

Thirty-four joint missions by member states have been launched under the European Union flag since 2003 under the bloc's common security and defence policy.

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