The Germans want an EU army, but Britain is against it
Jean-Claude Junker has called for the creation of an EU army, saying it would help the bloc be taken more seriously across the world.
The President of the European Commission believes it will deter threats from Russia, which have escalated since the start of the Ukraine crisis.
“With its own army, Europe could react more credibly to the threat to peace in a member state or in a neighbouring state,” he told the German Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
“A common army among the Europeans would convey to Russia that we are serious about defending the values of the European Union,” he continued.
He added that the army would bot be created or used immediately, but that such a display of military muscle would re-establish the union’s foreign policy outlook.
“A joint EU army would show the world that there would never again be a war between EU countries,” he said. “Such an army would also help us to form common foreign and security policies and allow Europe to take on responsibility in the world.”
It is a long-standing proposal of the Junker, who was Prime Minister of Luxembourg before being appointed leader of the Commission. Although Nato includes many European nations, he thinks it is not enough since many of its members are outside the continent.
If it did exist, the army would be controlled by the European Parliament and would “drive further integration” of the bloc’s 28 member states.
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