German Defence Minister Boasts EU Army is ‘Already Taking Shape’
Angela Merkel official backing of Emmanuel Macron’s call for a 'real European army'
Germany’s defense minister has declared that “a united EU military is becoming a reality,” following Chancellor Angela Merkel official backing of Emmanuel Macron’s call for a “real European army.”
In an opinion piece for Handelsblatt, Ursula von der Leyen wrote:
“Europe’s army is already taking shape.”
“Germany and France are the driving forces in defense,” she boasted.
“We’re moving even further ahead with our close partner France," after President Macron and Angela Merkel agreed to sign a treaty that will pave the way for exhibiting a united diplomatic front and work together in 'peacekeeping' missions.
“Our stated goal is for European nations to speak with a coordinated voice in the United Nations.
“Germany has just started a two-year stint as a non-permanent member alongside France on the UN Security Council. That strengthens Europe’s voice in the concert of world powers,” she added.
According to Breitbart: Last year, Germany had asked France to give its permanent seat on the Security Council to the EU, so that the bloc can “speak with one voice” — a request France declined.
A common European defense force was labeled a “dangerous fantasy” by remain campaigners during the 2016 Brexit referendum.
Eurosceptics had warned that continued membership of the bloc would entail being pulled into an EU army.
However, Brexiteers’ predictions of a joint defense force were shown true in November 2017 when 23 nations signed up to the Permanent Structured Cooperation process or PESCO.
PESCO is key to the Defence Union plans set out by President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.
Juncker had declared just two months prior that the EU needed a fully-functioning army by 2025.
Germany and France began to take the lead on the defense project.
In November 2018,the French President Emmanuel Macron said that the EU needed a “real European army” to defend itself against China, Russia, and even fellow NATO member the United States.
Angela Merkel backed her French globalist ally:
“What is important, if we look at the developments of the past year, is that we have to work on a vision of one day building a real, true European army.”
On Friday, the bloc’s top military official Claudio Graziano said he had been working with other EU army chiefs to throw out what can be done to enhance the bloc’s capabilities, saying there is “a lot of expectation” about what the EU can undertake.